Sungevity, a solar leasing company that uses web-based solar analytics and satellite imagery to deliver homeowners with an “iQuote” within 24 hours, is already a leading pay-as-you-go solar company in the U.S. (and, as of recently, the Netherlands). Now, Sungevity has taken a little hop over the Pacific and expanded into Australia with the help of Australian solar company Nickel Energy. Surprisingly enough, the name of the new partnership is Sungevity Australia.
The same pay-as-you-go solar option Sungevity offers in the U.S. is being offered in the land down under, but there it’s being called “RoofJuice.”
The “average cost of a five-kilowatt system (the average system size in Australia) is $12,000.” Sungevity is dropping the upfront cost a little bit, to $0, for homeowners who wish to go its route.
Of course, as always, if you’re thinking about going solar, take a look at the details of installing your own system or going with a solar lease — there are benefits with both options. Most Californians now go solar through a lease. The biggest appeal is surely that you don’t have to drop a huge wad of cash on a solar system but are likely to still save money in the long run (but there are other benefits as well). Here are a couple of Australia electricity price graphs from RoofJuice that project, generally, electricity savings through a solar lease there:
The downside (compared to buying a solar power system on your own) is likely to be smaller long-term earnings, but the details really depend on the individual. The bottom line, as I stated above, is that you should really take a look at the details of the options available to you and then decide what’s best for you.
In case you were interested, Sungevity is now in business in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, the Netherlands,… and Australia
Images via RoofJuice
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