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Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Guest Contributor


Energy Assets vs Liabilities: A Look At Solar Financing

August 26th, 2014 by  

By Michał Bacia

When discussing solar financing, one very important thing has to be pointed out: solar PV systems are assets. They produce an essential commodity. The generated electricity has a value and can be sold or used to offset your own consumption. Therefore, it constitutes revenue for the owner in cash terms. A car loan payment is a liability (unless you are a professional driver). It only generates costs. A credit card payment is definitely a liability. You are financing purchases that don’t generate income, only costs. They are cash negative.

Photovoltaic solar panels mounted on roof of 2415 Prospect Street in Berkeley, CA - Photo taken by Alfred Twu, released into Public Domain

Installing a solar system is cash positive. After making the loan or lease payments, there is money left from savings from your utility bill or from selling the excess generated energy. The solar systems pay itself off and generates extra cash.

Energy generating assets in a distributed generation model are secure investments with no market risk because you are investing in your own assets. The demand for energy is always there and installing a PV system means there is no middle man (a utility company) who can disrupt your delivery of energy.

In short, financing solar PV is financing assets, not liabilities. Therefore, the operation is cash positive for the borrower. Better cash flow means lower risk, secure repayment, and an opportunity to reinvest. Solar financing is the solution that can provide a boost for the economy, on a local and the global scale.

The above excerpt is from “How to choose the best solar system and financing offer for you,” a solar energy book explaining the ins and outs to the every day user. It is a step-by-step guide showing people how solar is beneficial for them, the process of going solar, and the key aspects of solar financing.

The ebook is available on Amazon. More information, including reviews and a free chapter, can be found here.

Full Disclosure: this post is not sponsored in any way. Sales of Michał’s ebook do not benefit CleanTechnica beyond the broader benefits to society that offers.

About the Author: Michał Bacia is a solar energy project manager and consultant as well as an author. He recently completed 3 solar sites in the UK (20MWp in total) and published this book about solar energy for anyone who uses electricity.

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