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Differentiate your home communities with solar power

Homebuyers want clean, more affordable energy. Offer solar on your new homes at no cost to you.


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Solar homes sell faster


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Solar is good business

Offer solar power systems on your new communities at no cost to you! The SolarCity Homebuilder Program lets you upgrade your homes with solar power systems that homebuyers want without adding to the purchase price. It's $0 down for them and no cost to you. Everyone wins.

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America’s #1 full-service solar provider

Our team will handle every part of your solar project from start to finish, including all permits and inspections. Our team will even work directly with your homebuyers on their solar installations so that you can stay focused on your business.

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Help your homes stand out

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar power sold faster than equivalent homes without. They also noted that buyers were even more interested when systems were pre-installed.1 Who wouldn't want a home that saves money on electricity?

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Guaranteed low energy rates

Imagine paying $1.11 for a gallon of gas. That's the price you'd pay if you locked it in 20 years ago. That's what your homebuyers can do with solar energy. SolarCity lets them lock in a low solar rate for the next 20 years no matter how much traditional utility rates go up. The savings can add up to thousands.

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Let’s discuss the possibilities

We've worked with more than 100 builders in over 300 communities across the U.S. Are you ready?

Complete and submit the form below or get in touch with one of our Builder Energy Consultants at 800.419.9300 to learn more.

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MESSAGE FROM PSW HOMES

"At PSW, environmentally conscious elements are not add-ons to our designs, but intrinsic characteristics. With such an abundance of sunshine here in Texas, and homeowners who increasingly care about sustainability as well as household savings, standardizing solar only makes sense."

—ADAM STETSON
DFW PRESIDENT, PSW HOMES

SolarCity Homebuilder Program FAQ

SolarLease

How long is the term of the SolarLease?

The SolarLease is for a standard 20-year term.

Is there a credit requirement for the SolarLease?

There is no minimum credit requirement to qualify for the SolarLease.

What happens at the end of the 20-year term?

You generally have four options at the end of the Lease:

  • Request to renew the agreement in five year increments up to two times
  • Have SolarCity remove the system for free
  • Purchase the system (varies by state)
  • Upgrade to a new system
How will I be billed for the energy I use?

You will receive a monthly bill as described in your contract. You will also continue to receive a bill from your utility company for any additional power you use beyond what your solar power system produces. However, your system will be offsetting your utility costs, so your utility costs will be lower than they would be without a solar power.

What happens if I sell my house?

When you sell your home, you may transfer your Lease to the homebuyer at no charge. SolarCity will provide a Lease Transfer Agreement for both parties to sign and SolarCity to execute. You must provide SolarCity notice of your intent to transfer in accord with the terms of the Lease to ensure that the Lease transfer process is completed in a timely manner. Execution of the Lease transfer document by SolarCity relieves the previous Lease owner of Lease obligations. For additional questions, contact the SolarCity Customer Care Team at: CustomerCare@solarcity.com or (888) 765-2489 x5999.

Solar System Parts & Performance

What are the primary components of a SolarCity solar power system?

The solar photovoltaic (PV) system consists of the solar panels, inverter, SolarGuard monitoring software and any electrical wiring between the panels, inverter and utility meter.

Does the system come with a battery backup?

No. SolarCity systems are grid-tied, meaning that utility grid powers your home at night and whenever you're using more electricity than your system is generating. A battery backup would add a significant cost to your system.

What if the solar system on my roof produces more electricity than I use during the day?

Sometimes your system will produce excess energy. This clean energy is not wasted and is fed back onto the utility grid to offset your energy use at night.

Will the system heat my water as well?

The solar photovoltaic (PV) system will only produce electricity. It will power electric water heaters, but is not intended to heat swimming pools or gas-powered water heaters.

How do I know how my system is performing?

SolarCity provides a free monitoring service called SolarGuard. This online service requires high-speed home Internet access. SolarGuard will alert you and SolarCity to any changes in performance.

How does the performance guarantee work?

SolarCity guarantees that your system will produce as much electricity as we promise, or we will pay you back. This takes into account normal weather variation and solar panel performance over time. The amount of electricity we promise to deliver is stated in your contract. We track your system performance through our SolarGuard monitoring service. For additional questions, contact the SolarCity Customer Care Team at CustomerCare@solarcity.com or (888) 765-2489 x5999.

What maintenance is required for the solar system?

Your solar energy system generally requires little maintenance, largely because it has no moving parts. All your system requires is occasional cleaning. We suggest that you keep an eye on trees that may shade your system and keep them trimmed. Using SolarGuard, the SolarCity service team proactively monitors your system output to ensure that your system is performing as it should. In the unlikely event that your system underperforms, SolarCity will alert you and help to remedy any underperformance issues.

What happens if the solar panels or inverter need repair?

If we're alerted of a problem through SolarGuard, we will give you call to help diagnose the problem and dispatch a repair team to fix it if needed. SolarCity will perform all equipment repairs at no cost to you.

What if there are roof leaks?

Any roof leaks resulting from the installation or presence of the solar system will be repaired by SolarCity at no cost to you while under warranty. Roof leaks not resulting from the solar system should be warranted and handled by your roofer.

What happens at night, or when the weather turns cloudy?

Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of the amount of sunlight it receives, it will produce less energy when the weather is cloudy. Your system will not produce any energy at night. Your home will still be interconnected to your local utility grid, so that you can continue to draw power from the grid at night, or whenever you need it.