Vivint Solar, Inc., a provider of residential solar energy systems in the U.S., and Renovate America, a provider of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, are collaborating to expand access to rooftop solar for homeowners. By offering Renovate America’s HERO program as its PACE financing option, Vivint Solar is enabling more homeowners to purchase solar systems and lower their utility bills.
Through the Vivint Solar and HERO Program, homeowners will be able to use HERO financing to purchase Vivint Solar systems and pay for them over time through their local property taxes. Payments are made at a fixed interest rate for terms of 5 to 20 years, and the interest on the payments may be tax deductible. Since it is expected that the system will stay with the home and provide utility savings into the future, any remaining balance on the assessment may be able to transfer to a new home owner at the time of sale.
The announcement of this strategic relationship comes at the same time as the Federal Housing Administration’s newly issued federal policy guidance that specifically endorses PACE financing – facilitating expanded access to solar for more Americans.
“We are excited to work together with Renovate America to provide this innovative solar financing product that will make solar available to a wider range of consumers, including those who either do not have the upfront capital for a solar energy system or for whom traditional loans, Power Purchase Agreements or Solar System Lease Agreements are not viable options,” said Thomas Plagemann, Executive Vice President of Capital Markets at Vivint Solar. “We are pleased with the new FHA guidelines announced today that open the door to a wider acceptance of the PACE financing product throughout the United States.”
Since its launch at the end of 2011, HERO, which stands for Home Energy Renovation Opportunity, has financed more than $1.5 billion of improvements such as solar, energy-saving roofing, windows, and doors, more efficient HVAC systems, and building insulation. About a quarter of the home energy improvement projects – around 19,000 – have been rooftop solar installations.
“More than 67,000 homeowners have placed their trust in us to invest in the efficiency of their homes,” said Greg Memo, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy at Renovate America. “Vivint Solar and Renovate America are now able to provide more families the peace of mind to go solar and lower their utility bills.”
Vivint Solar is now rolling out the HERO Program throughout California, and both companies are working with state and local governments to expand this product offering nationwide.
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.