Published on November 5th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan0
Companies Team Up To Drive Down Solar Costs For Local Solar Installers
November 5th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
Solar power “soft costs” have been targeted in recent years as having the most potential for further solar power cost reductions. We see a lot of exciting stuff happening to improve the customer side of that as well as the solar installer side of that. However, a couple of pioneering solar companies have now teamed up to offer what they say is a country first and drive down several of the costs between suppliers and installers that looks quite promising.
Solar analytics platform Geostellar® and solar equipment distributor Conergy® have teamed up to “create the first national program for qualified local solar installers that includes solar equipment packages, financing options and customer acquisition programs,” the companies reported in a news release.
“Today, such programs can only be found in the handful of states where solar leases are available. The partnership will ensure that every homeowner in the country can affordably purchase high-quality solar equipment or finance the installation with a loan or lease option. All installations will be performed by bonded and insured local contractors that are residents of the areas they serve.”
I would note that other nationwide solar programs and companies do exist. Admirals Bank offers a $0 down home solar loan nationwide. And Cost of Solar (which, full disclosure, I write articles for) connects customers with solar installers across the country. But, for the most part, this sort of solar activity and these solar offerings primarily exist in high-growth solar markets.
Conergy and Geostellar may really be on to something with their experience, expertise, and leadership. And it is the most comprehensive nationwide solar partnership or program that I’ve seen.
“Over the years, Conergy has developed a nationwide network of qualified professional installers, a vast inventory of high-efficiency, long-lasting solar equipment from the leading manufacturers and the most competitive financing options,” said Anthony Fotopoulos, President of Conergy North America. “We are pleased to partner with Geostellar to provide expanded offerings to homeowners and incentives to installers that are a win-win for all involved.”
“We look forward to presenting homeowners with experienced and capable installation, service and maintenance, the right equipment to generate the most power at the lowest cost, and financing options that reduce or eliminate up-front investment,” said David Levine, Geostellar founder and CEO.
Hopefully this will help to considerably cut US solar soft costs.
If you’re a solar installer, you can register to be a part of the program here: http://geostellar.com/site/solar-installer-signup.