Just like everything else many homeowners are surprised to know they have solar panel financing options. The below order is the order that makes the most financial sense in our opinion. All of them are better than staying with the Utility Company!
- Cash: A significant amount of our business is cash, because cash is the best possible way to maximize your investment in solar. We believe it’s because we do a great job of educating customers of the advantages of all their options.
- Wheelhouse Credit Union, (formally SDMCU)offers a secured solar panel financing loan so you are able to write off the interest. All of the options require zero money out of pocket. They have 5,10,12,15 and 20-year terms. Rates are variable so please call for more information.
- Lease– Palomar Solar has not sold a lease or PPA in eight years, and does not believe that leases PPAs make sense for anyone. Five years ago you either had cash or a lease that was it. Nowadays you have options and once educated no one chooses a lease. Look at Solar City (Now Tesla) for example. They are scrambling to come up with other options because their leases no longer make financial sense in the competitive finance landscape.
- Pace funding (Figtree, HERO, California First, Ygrene): This is a zero money out of pocket option that gets added to your property taxes. The real benefit is it does not go against your DTI (Debt to Income Ratio) preventing future loans. While it is a secured loan you can only write the interest off, not the full payment as some companies will lead you to believe. The interest rates are higher than Wheelhouse and there are fees associated with it. It will also be tough to refinance your home as some lenders will require this to be paid off first. Some solar companies will lead you to believe it simply transfers with the sale of the home. Again, often banks will require having it paid off first.
- HELOC: HELOC solar financing is a home equity line of credit. Most solar companies will not suggest this as it will prolong the job usually by months. We do not care when you go solar, we want you to make the best financial decision for you and your family. Keep in mind if we (meaning solar companies) can pick up the phone and get you $50,000 immediately, it’s probably not your best option. The nice thing about HELOC is that it’s secured and you can write the interest off.