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  • Solar Financing Options

    Several financing options are available to PWP customers considering installing solar PV systems on their home or business, including:

    Click on any of the options listed or read on to see details of each.


    Third Party Ownership 

    >> Solar Power Purchase Agreements

    • A Solar Power Purchase Agreement is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains the photovoltaic system, and a customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchase the system’s electricity output for an agreed-upon rate. This financial arrangement allows the customer to avoid upfront installation costs and usually have lower electricity costs.

    >> Solar Leases



    Secured Financing

    >> Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) and Home Equity Loans (HELs)

    • HELOCs are forms of revolving credit in which a home serves as collateral. A HEL is a loan that has a fixed rate and term and also uses a home as collateral. The major difference between these two types of financing mechanisms is that HELOCs are similar to a credit card – you can withdraw money as needed and pay back the debt indefinitely – whereas an HEL gives you a one-time lump sum of cash that is paid off over a fixed amount of time. These types of loans are typically available through banks.

    >> FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loans

    • The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) administers various single family mortgage insurance programs. These programs operate through FHA-approved lending institutions which submit applications to have the property appraised and have the buyer's credit approved. These lenders fund the mortgage loans giving a line of credit to the property owner to make property upgrades, such as solar PV installations.   
    • For more information: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/203k/203kabou 

    >> HUD Title 1 PowerSaver Loans (Secured or Unsecured)

    • The PowerSaver program insures loans to finance small or moderate improvements to a home, such as a solar energy upgrade. Loans up to $25,000 will be given to single family homeowners specifically targeting residential energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. 
    • For more information: www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/solutioncenter/financialproducts/PowerSaver.html 


    Unsecured Financing

    >> Fannie Mae Energy Loan

    • Fannie Mae offers a direct, non-recourse consumer loan program that will finance up to $20,000 in energy improvements without putting a lien on your home. Energy Loan is a simple interest, fixed rate loan with longer terms available then typical bank financing.
    • For more information: www.energyloan.net/index.php 

    >> Clean Energy Upgrade Financing Program - ABX1-14

    • ABX1-14 authorizes the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) to administer a Clean Energy Upgrade Financing Program using up to $25 million to finance the installation of distributed generation renewable energy sources, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or energy or water efficiency improvements on homes or small commercial properties.
    • For more information: http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/caeatfa/abx1_14/index.asp 

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