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Published on December 6th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Upsolar Brings Solar Leasing To France

Solar leasing is obviously a popular trend here in the US. It hasn’t made it very far beyond the US, however. Well, Upsolar is looking to see if it can change that and if it can have the kind of solar leasing success in France that SolarCity, Sunrun, Sungevity, and others have had in the US. Interestingly, while it’s the same concept, Upsolar uses different framing to pitch the idea, focusing more on “renting one’s rooftop,” monetizing a piece of property they weren’t monetizing, and sharing resources; rather than focusing on “going solar for $0 down.”

Solar Leasing Comes To France Through Upsolar (via Solar Love)

Solar leasing has dominated the residential and commercial solar markets in places it’s been introduced in the US. Now, the innovative financing model for going solar has made its entrance into France. Solar module manufacturer Upsolar has take…

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  • JamesWimberley

    Since France offers reasonably attractive FITs, the slow uptake of solar roofs must be due to something else. Could this be red tape obstacles thrown up by the monopoly grid operator, nominally spun off from the old utility behemoth EDF thanks to Brussels, but sharing the same statist, technocratic culture and SFIK address? A leasing company would be better placed to fight these than a solitary householder.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Thanks for the context. Good thoughts. As much as I know some people hate the leasing companies, they do bring a lot more political power to the table.

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