Solar Financing Options

With so many benefits to solar power, cost is usually the biggest hurdle. But it doesn’t have to be! There’s more than one way to go solar.

Buy to Own

Some customers buy and install a new solar PV system up front, often as part of a home remodel or roof renovation. You own your system, reap all the benefits, and manage system performance, operations and maintenance.

Solar Power Purchase Agreements

With a “solar power purchase agreement,” a company installs a system on your roof and you agree to a pay a set price for the energy over a set term, usually 15 or 20 years. This lets you avoid paying upfront costs and worrying about system operation and maintenance while still cutting your energy bills and helping the environment.

Solar Lease

With a “solar lease,” a company installs a system on your roof and you agree to pay a fixed monthly fee that isn’t tied to energy output. You’re responsible for system performance, operations and maintenance.

These solar calculators can help you estimate the cost, payback and energy production of different solar PV systems.

And for insider tips on making your solar project affordable with low-cost loans and other financing programs, read through these guides:

Installer Instructions

To get started, please complete, sign and submit the Powerclerk Access Request Form to participate in the Pasadena Solar Initiative and then read through the information below:

PSI Eligibility and Requirements
Interconnection Rules and Process
PowerClerk FAQ for Installers
PWP Fire Dept PV_Guidelines
Building Solar Guidelines_2011-0803
PWP Net Energy Metering Electric Rate - Municipal Code
Customers can agree to sign their solar rebate over to a third party contractor by completing the Payment Assignment Form
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Consistent with California Public Utilities Code §2827(c)(1), PWP offers eligible customer-owned generators the Net Energy Metering (NEM) rate under PWP’s Electric Rate Schedule. The PSI program is offered on a first-come-first-served basis until the total rated generating capacity used by the eligible customer-owned generators exceeds 5% of PWP’s system peak demand. PWP uses its five-year average system peak demand (307 MW) as the basis for its program NEM cap (15.35 MW). As of June 30, 2017, PWP has an installed and committed funds for a NEM capacity of approximately 9.8 Megawatts or 3.2% of the system peak demand of 307 Megawatts.