If you can’t purchase a system outright, consider financing. Several resources are available for financing a solar electric system including:

  • Home refinance
  • First mortgages
  • Banks (many will finance for less than prime rate)
  • Construction loans
  • Home equity loans
  • Solar vendors (some provide financing)
  • Leasing

Mortgage loans and home equity loans offer several advantages: longer terms, lower interest rates than conventional bank loans, and tax-deductible interest. In addition, adding a solar electric system to a loan at the same time that you build, buy, or refinance will reduce paperwork and simplify the purchase.

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