You can buy it from your financial planner, at home improvement stores, shopping-mall kiosks, while buying a house or a car, online or by phone. Rooftop solar is for sale seemingly everywhere, as no-money-down lease agreements allow more and more homeowner to undercut utility electricity prices.
SolarCity on Wednesday announced a partnership with consumer electronics giant Best Buy to offer home solar energy to customers at 60 stores in Arizona, Hawaii, New York, Oregon and California — including several outlets in Southern California. The closest participating stores to San Diego will be in Murrieta, Temecula and Manifee.
Executives at SolarCity, the top U.S. provider of residential solar installations, say their challenge lies in educating masses of U.S. homeowners who may not yet grasp that solar electricity is available with no up-front costs.
“The common question we get is, ‘What’s the catch?’ because people are so surprised to hear that you can get solar energy and not pay for the installation or the equipment,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive.
The company’s polling and research indicates a majority of American homeowners are interested in generating solar power. But fewer that 500,000 owner occupied homes — out of more than 75 million nationwide — have solar energy systems.
Rive describes Best Buy’s shopping aisles, stacked with cell phones, video game consoles and appliances, as a fitting forum for pitching solar-energy savings.
Under solar lease or power puchase agreements, SolarCity pays for solar installation, equipment, maintenance. Customers in turn make steady monthly payments in return for solar-generated electricity that can be credited against utility bills to save money.
SolarCity’s ongoing sales partners include home builders, Home Depot and plug-in electric car maker Tesla (Rive and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are cousins).
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