SolarCity, amid onlooker concerns after its last few earnings reports, has started to change things up a bit and offer new services and products. We reported on the utility-scale strategy a few weeks ago, and now the company has unveiled a new solar loan program—available in 14 states –that will allow many customers to immediately pay less for solar each month than they previously paid for utility bills and pocket thousands in additional dollars from applicable tax credits. The company has leveraged its installation volume — SolarCity installed more residential solar in 2015 than the next 50 competitors combined — to negotiate extremely favorable terms on behalf of its customers.
“We can now offer a loan that makes it possible for many customers to pay less for solar from day one, and still receive thousands back in tax credits on top of that,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “This program will allow thousands of additional customers across the U.S. to install solar this year and start saving money immediately, and we expect to work with multiple lenders that will allow us to expand to several new states by the end of the month with the same great terms for our customers.”
SolarCity’s new loans replace its MyPower product—which allowed SolarCity to provide more loans in 2015 than any other solar installer—with new options that include fixed payments and shorter terms. The new loans offer a range of features:
- 10-year loan with annual percentage rate as low as 2.99%.
- 20-year loan with annual percentage rate as low as 4.99%.
- Customers can prepay their entire balance or prepay a portion of their loan to lower their monthly payments at any time, with no fees or penalties.
SolarCity’s loans include a 20-year warranty, production guarantee and continuous monitoring.
SolarCity’s new solar loans are available today in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington, D.C., and the company expects to announce new locations soon.
— Solar Builder magazine