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Google and SunPower Create a $250 Million Solar Fund

The money will be used to pay for rooftop PV systems that are leased to homeowners

Google's doodle from Earth Day 2006.
Image Credit: Google

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are creating a $250 million fund to finance rooftop solar systems that will be leased to homeowners.

Google will contribute as much as $100 million and SunPower will chip in as much as $150 million, the companies announced. SolarPower, which already has lease arrangements with about 20,000 homeowners, said the program should be able to finance thousands of new rooftop systems.

Third-party ownership of solar systems is a fast-growing segment of the market, Greentech Media reports. Homeowners who sign leases with companies such as SunPower don’t have to pay the upfront costs of an installation while reducing their utility bills.

SunPower and Google will get the 30% investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation, says.

SunPower said the new agreement, which was announced on April 23, was Google’s third residential rooftop solar investment and its 16th renewable energy investment overall. Taken together, the company’s $1 billion investment paid for projects with a total capacity of more than 2 gigawatts, enough to power about 500,000 homes. said that unlike solar providers SolarCity and Clean Power Finance, SunPower is a vertically integrated company that manufacturers and installs the panels and also handles of maintenance.


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    Armando Cobo | | #1

    More info, please
    It maybe a good thing if we had more information about of the particulars of this new business model from folks that are using it, from leasing companies to costumers.

  2. Aj Builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | | #2

    Big Money... making more
    Big Money... making more money

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