What are the different options for financing a solar project?
There are currently two primary financing options for organizations looking to utilize solar power for their facilities:
- Direct Ownership: A public entity finances and owns the solar system outright
- Third-Party Financing: Available in some states, an investor owns and operates the solar system but enters a contract with the organization for a predetermined electric rate.
Depending on the organization's financial capacity, bonds, leases, and Power Purchase Agreements are the most viable vehicle to finance solar power.