3 Keys to Solar Energy's Future

Solar power has grown rapidly in the U.S. over the past two year, helped by the expansion of residential leases and massive solar farms. But for the market to continue to grow soft costs need to come down, financing options need to open up, and government policy needs to be consistent to attract investors. Solar analyst Travis Hoium covers three keys to the industry's growth in the video below. 

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Fool contributor Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of SunPower and personally owns shares and has the following options: long January 2015 $5 calls on SunPower, long January 2015 $7 calls on SunPower, long January 2015 $15 calls on SunPower, long January 2015 $25 calls on SunPower, and long January 2015 $40 calls on SunPower. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Ray Boggs

Solar leases have helped the solar market to expand but both solar leases and PPAs are now outdated way to finance a solar system. From 2008 to about early 2012 solar leases and PPAs were just about the only options that existed.

Although the reductions in electric bills were minimal (10 to 15%), homeowners glady gave up their huge 30% federal tax credit and cash rebate in exchange for the opportunity to lower their bills.

Today, with modern $0 down, no collateral needed, low interest solar loans available nationwide, the popularity of solar leases and PPAs is losing steam and will soon be a thing of the past.

$0 down solar loans allow you to keep all of your incentives and own your solar system at a much lower price for a much better return on your investment.

September 09 2013 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply