Renew Financial partners with SolarCity to boost solar for commercial properties
July 28, 2015
Renew Financial offering PACE financing for thousands of commercial properties as part of major partnership with leading national solar company, making solar affordable for tens of thousands of properties in California. National expansion of plan also likely. Read more in SolarCity press release:
Many small and medium-sized businesses will be able to pay less for solar power than they pay for utility power for the first time
San Mateo, Calif.егSolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) introduced a new solar energy service today that will make it possible for many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for power from their local utility for the first time. SolarCity will initially offer its SMB service to owner-occupied business locations in California, but expects to expand it to the east coast and other territories in early 2016. Based on an analysis of SMBs in California, SolarCity expects to make it possible for many to pay between 5 - 25 percent less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power with no upfront cost, depending on their own utility costs and usage. The service will also include fixed, flat solar payments for 20 years, so if the utility rates increase in the future, customers can save even more. There are more than 28 million small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. егmore than 99 percent of American businesses are SMBsегand very few have been able to use solar power affordably until now. SolarCity has achieved a solar cost breakthrough for SMBs by combining three innovations that leverage its unique experience in high-volume installation, technology development and structured finance:
- Installation. While most commercial solar developers subcontract installation, which lengthens installation time and significantly increases cost, SolarCity leverages its vast network of local installation crews to install projects for SMBs at a lower cost than any other provider in the category. SolarCity expects to reduce the cost to install small commercial solar projects by more than 30 percent by using its own crews and technology.
- Technology. SolarCity's proprietary, lightweight solar panel mounting systemегZS Peakегallows SMBs to fit 20 to 50 percent more solar panels on each roof surface. ZS Peak also allows workers to install panels significantly faster than would otherwise be possible to reduce installation costs even further, and simultaneously increases solar energy production from each project.
- Financing. Solar projects for small and medium sized businesses have traditionally been very difficult to finance because SMBs do not have the formal investment grade credit ratings of large corporations, and also have no commercial equivalent to the FICO scores that are often the basis of consumer financing. SolarCity has teamed with Renew Financial to create a unique financing option for SMBs that combines low cost SolarCity structured financing with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). The first rollout will be under the CaliforniaFIRST program. Under this offering, an SMB signs a standard commercial solar lease with SolarCity, SolarCity finances the upfront cost much as it would under a traditional solar lease or power purchase agreement, and in turn the PACE program allows the business to pay the solar payment on its property tax bill. Just as it does for other commercial customers under a lease or PPA, SolarCity coordinates solar financing and also handles installation, monitoring and maintenance for SMBs.
About SolarCity SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 18 states. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.