To Own or Lease Solar Installations: Considerations for Decision Makers


Jordan Gomez (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI024000

This book examines the tradeoffs among financing methods for businesses installing onsite photovoltaics (PV). The authors present case studies of PV financing strategies used by two large commercial retailers that have deployed substantial U.S. PV capacity: IKEA, which owns its PV, and Staples, which purchases power generated from onsite PV systems through power purchase agreements (PPAs). The book also analyzes the financial considerations that influence any company’s choice of PV financing strategy.

The goal in this book is to clarify the financial and institutional costs and benefits of financing strategies and to inform other companies that are considering launching or expanding similar PV programs. Furthermore, this book provides a high-level overview of the developing U.S. solar loan product landscape, from both a market and economic perspective. It covers current and potential U.S. solar lending institutions; currently available loan products; loan program structures and post-loan origination options; risks and uncertainties of the solar asset class as it pertains to lenders; and an economic analysis comparing loan products to third party-financed systems in California.
(Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 –

To Own or Lease Solar: Understanding Commercial Retailers’ Decisions to Use Alternative Financing Models (pp. 1-32)
David Feldman and Robert Margolis

Chapter 2 –

Banking on Solar: An Analysis of Banking Opportunities in the U.S. Distributed Photovoltaic Market (pp. 33-76)
David Feldman and Travis Lowder


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