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“$0 down solar”, “Free Solar Installation”, or “No money out of pocket” are a few of the most popular myths that have been used to promote solar. Nothing is ever free in life; wouldn’t you agree? The answer is: yes! Nothing is free but you can get you solar installation done without the initial investment. What’s the catch? You have to be lucky enough to qualify.
“$0 down solar” is a very generic term that contains a variety of options. Will you get the solar system without paying anything? The true answer is: Not really! But what are you getting for free? If you are one of the lucky home owners that qualifies for a $0 down solar program, then you will get the solar installation without the initial cost. What does that really mean? Well, it really depends on the program you choose or you qualify for. Back in 2007-2012, this term would have definitely meant a $0 down solar lease or a $0 down PPA; but now with more ownership programs available in the market it can also mean a financed $0 down solar ownership.
The $0 down solar lease is the oldest form of the $0 down solar. The $0 down solar lease was launched in early 2007 as I remember. The $0 down solar lease started slow but by the end of 2011 was selling vigorously. Home owners loved the fact that it is a $0 down solar lease and that the $0 down solar lease is transferable to the new home owners if they decide to go solar. The $0 down solar lease also came with system warranty, monitoring, and insurance; which was a bumper to bumper coverage. The $0 down solar lease was the product that customers chose for a long period of time, and still today a lot of customers love the $0 down solar lease. Some consultants compare leasing a car to the solar lease but it’s totally different. The solar lease comes with full monitoring, warranty, and insurance; but you have to pay for your own insurance for a car lease. The solar lease is a $0 down lease but the car lease usually entails registration fees or these fees are being bundled in the lease and increase your payment. Also, the term is longer in solar installation than in a car.
The $0 down Solar PPA, also known as the $0 down solar Power Purchase Agreement, emerged as a hybrid of owning and leasing. People liked the idea of $0 down solar but didn’t like the word lease that much. They liked the bumper to bumper coverage but didn’t like the fact that they couldn’t own the system. The $0 down solar PPA offered what they wanted. The PPA is a Power Purchase Agreement where the home owner agrees to buy power from the solar installed equipment at a cost per kwh (Unit of measuring electricity). The home owner buys from the solar financing company for the duration of the term agreement, which is usually cheaper than the current utility. The $0 down solar PPA usually has the option of buying the solar equipment installed after a number of years. Some people call it “rent to own” which is not that accurate in our opinion. The $0 down solar PPA is one of the best options since the home owner is doing the same thing they are already doing. Buying power but at a cheaper price and from a cleaner source!
The $0 down solar ownership financing is very popular for smaller contractors because of the different financing companies providing $0 down solar financing companies from the PACE programs to the credit based loans.
Wondering which program will be best for you? Let’s find out together, scroll down and schedule your free solar installation!
“Solar panel installation”, “solar rooftop”, “solar panels”, “solar PV”, “photovoltaic”, “solar installation” are some of the most
popular keywords used online by Southern California home owners in the summer months. They are usually used to search for solar installation companies, solar installation techniques, solar installation equipment, or even solar installation solutions or options.
So, what is really important in a solar installation? My answer is all of the above; in addition to a new crucial term: “Solar Installation
Consultant”. I don’t mean a Solar Installation Sales Representative, but a real Solar Installation Consultant that is non-biased to a single company or single solution. SunGuide Solutions is a solar installation consulting company that helps home owners
in California. Their service is unmatched by others in the same field. You will notice the difference when you schedule your free solar installation consultation.
What are the important aspects of a solar installation? SunGuide Solution’s answer is simple: it depends on a lot of factors. The first factor determining the solar installation is the direction the home owner chooses, whether it’s going to be owned by the home owner or owned by a third party.
Which is usually discovered after analyzing the financial situation and the amount of years planned to live at the house; as well as the production and size of the solar installation.
The second factor is looking at the solar installation company. In our opinion, the solar installation company is the most important . The solar installation equipment changes all the time, but the market leaders remain the same. They have solid experience and good reputation to cover the warranty obligations written in the solar installation agreement. Whether the home owner pays for the solar installation or a third party pays for a solar installation, the company reputation is very important. In some cases, the reputation of a solar installation company is even more important than the warranty terms.
The third factor we look at is the solar installation equipment; it is good to know what is the best for your solar installation. Whether you want American made solar installation equipment or foreign solar installation equipment, what is it that is best for your case?
Most of the small contractors sell on the quality of the solar installation equipment because that is usually all what they have but other bigger solar installation specialists offer a variety of solar installation equipment to choose from.
Solar installation questions are in every person’s mind. We have the answers to your solar installation questions. Wondering what is the best solar installation solution for you? Are you getting curious? Scroll down and request a free solar installation consultation.
Solar is a very interesting and unique product. What I have found very common in the construction industry is that a lot of companies tend to have mis-communication problems. Have the sales people sell and the operations install and the two departments are not in close communication which causes the job to be stalled and the customer dissatisfied due to minor issues that could have been resolved in minutes instead of months.
I have seen companies install solar in less than twenty days while others took more than six months. The reason is communication! When the operations and sales work together, installations move faster. Also, the communication between the consultant and the customer is crucial in setting the right expectations and getting arising issues resolved faster. Yes you heard me right! “Issues” Solar is a construction project and anything can go sideways in a project. The key is ongoing communication.
SunGuide believes that close communication between consultants, installers, and home owners is the key to success. We believe that we are coming to your house to help you, answer your questions and make a friend for life. If solar works for you then great! If not, then you can refer us to your neighbor or friend.
The solar industry is full of small installation companies that are really good electricians and roofers that decided to jump on the solar wagon. The problem that I see with most of the home owners I meet is that they don’t show any proposals with production or design. They sometimes just go buy the best case scenario written on the manufacturer’s spec sheet. Shading, Azimuth, angle, and location are very important factors. The most common problem I see is that customers are sold smaller systems than what’s needed to power their home.
Accuracy is our #1 priority. We want to set the right expectation by under promising and over delivering. SunGuide is currently testing different national and international solar design software tools to see the accuracy and efficiency of each to choose the next design tool.
The solar industry as a whole is suffering from the PUSH strategy. Every body is pushing somebody else to get what they want. The solar sales approach used now in a majority of the solar companies is the “Hit’n /Run” approach where the sales person is under so much pressure to close the deal! That he/she forgets the need to consult with the customer to set the right expectations, and go over the agreement to answer any questions before signing up the home owner.
Solar is a new industry and most of the solar sales people don’t have much field experience or are trained in a closed-minded way to sell. They go out into the field and try to convince the customer that their option is the only best way for them, which ends up being a very pushy approach to the home owners.
SunGuide Solutions is spending a lot of time and resources in knowing the existing offerings throughout the market and does not prefer a specific way or installer. We study the market to answer your questions. We believe that solar should not be sold like any other commodity. It is a matter of asking the home owners the right questions and answering their own questions Getting to know the homeowners is the best way to serve them the right way. With SunGuide Solutions we do what we do best, we simply guide.