USA: SolarCity announced a lease financing agreement with Goldman Sachs to fund more than $500 million in solar power projects; an estimated 110 megawatts in generation capacity for homeowners and businesses.
The financing makes it possible for homeowners, businesses, government and other non-profit organizations to install solar panels with no upfront cost and pay less for clean, solar electricity than they currently pay for utility bills. The agreement was initiated in 2012 and expanded per its initial terms at the end of April.
The combined lease financing is the largest of its kind announced in the US for homeowners’ rooftops. The financing has already enabled approximately 26 megawatts (MW) of new solar generation to be deployed, and the remainder is reflected in the 158 MW of available financing as of May 10, 2013 reported in SolarCity’s announcement of financial results earlier this week.