Lease Program Offers Solar On the Cheap

Want solar? Short on cash? Your local installer may have a solution, in the form of a new “financial product” from BrightGrid Solar,  a new company in the solar financing marketplace: the solar energy system lease.

By leasing a solar energy system (presumably from the installer), rather than buying it, customers can save money on up-front installation costs. To see if they qualify, homeowners can submit an online credit application via secure server (operated by BrightGrid) and receive same-day credit approval. Pending approval, the entire process is executed online.

BrightGrid Solar Leasing

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BrightGrid’s solar leasing system is currently undergoing testing in a pilot program with installer partners in northern California in the PG&E service territory.  “Initial results indicate that our lease customers will save 10 percent to 20 percent of their combined energy costs in the first month of going solar, and our installer partners capture more sales and close them faster,” Michael Ruehlman, Director of Business Development, in a statement.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.