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Buying and selling a solar home

We keep it simple.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home with solar power, SolarCity’s here to help. Our dedicated transfer team takes care of everything, giving you peace of mind to focus on transitioning into your new home.

Here's how it works:

1) Notify SolarCity: As soon as you’re ready to put your solar home on the market, call SolarCity’s transfer team hotline and let us know. A reassignment agent will be appointed to your case immediately and will remain your dedicated contact throughout the entire process.

2) We'll Handle the Paperwork: SolarCity will provide a simple transfer agreement for both buyer and seller to sign. It’s all done online, so there’s no need to worry about filling out lots of forms. Just e-sign and you’re done.

3) It's Official: Once the home sale closes, the new homeowner will receive a welcome packet and phone call from us. They’re part of the SolarCity family now, so we’re here to answer questions if anything comes up after the transfer process is complete. For more information, please call our transfer team hotline at (650) 963-5916 or email us at TransferTeam@solarcity.com.

 

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Hear from our customers

"The process of purchasing a solar-ready home was very easy and well organized thanks to the SolarCity transfer team. We were able to complete the paperwork and get approval very quickly. We have been very, very happy with our solar system and with SolarCity."
Rick & Rochenda K. — CA.

"At first I wasn't sure about purchasing a home with solar and having to sign a lease, but now, I love my solar system and the money I'm saving. I have recommended many friends to SolarCity."
David & Naomi A. — CA

"Everything about contracting and later transferring with SolarCity was unbelievably easy! The people are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We remain totally satisfied with SolarCity and will/do share our experience with anyone at any time. We could not have been more pleased with our decision to go with SolarCity."
Donald & Janet L. — CO

"Solar was the best thing we ever did. We have had it on 3 homes now and couldn't be happier. It was a definite bonus for the people buying our homes!"
Roger S. — CO

FAQs for buyers

How does solar power work?

The sun is the greatest source of energy known to man. In fact, in one hour, the sun delivers more energy to Earth than all of humanity consumes in a year. Solar power systems take advantage of this near-constant energy flow by trapping photons in sunlight and converting them to usable electricity for your home. Solar energy is clean, sustainable, and best of all, it’s affordable. To learn more about how solar power works, click here.

Is the solar agreement transfer process difficult?

No. Transferring a solar agreement is as simple for new homebuyers as signing up for cable TV or establishing utility service in your name.

What are the benefits of buying a home with a SolarCity power system?

SolarCity is America's largest solar power provider, serving more than 300,000 customers. Someone switches to clean, more affordable energy with us every 3 minutes. Our flexible financing options allow customers to access clean, renewable electricity at a rate that’s lower than you pay your local utility, saving thousands of dollars over the term of your agreement. Utility prices tend to rise over time, while your savings will continue to grow through the life of the system. In addition to cutting your electric bill, a typical solar home offsets about 172 tons of CO2 over 30 years*. That's like saving the amount of fuel it takes to drive around the equator 15.2 times.

How will I be billed?

Buying a solar home means you will receive two bills for the electricity you use each month: one from SolarCity and one from your local utility company. The total of these two bills is usually lower than what you’d pay if you did not have solar, and will continue to show greater and greater savings for years to come.

Who should I contact with questions?

SolarCity’s transfer team. SolarCity is the only company in the industry with a team focused exclusively on handling agreement transfers. Our team is staffed with experts from the real estate industry who are familiar with the entire home sale process, from listing through escrow, and have handled thousands of transfers over the past five years. Most importantly, all solar homes on the market are assigned a dedicated reassignment agent who is prepared to share the details of the solar system and the solar agreement. Just call the transfer team and provide the address of where the solar system is installed and you will be connected to the right reassignment agent to answer all your questions and concerns.

Do I get the same warranty and coverage as the original owner?

Absolutely. When you purchase a home with a SolarCity rooftop solar system, you get all of the benefits of working with America’s #1 full-service solar provider. SolarCity has the best system coverage package in the industry. When you assume an agreement from an existing customer, you get all of the perks of this coverage for the term of the contract.

Is there a lien on the solar home?

No. What you’ll find on the title of a home with a SolarCity power system is a UCC-1 fixture filing. A UCC-1 fixture filing is not a lien against the home. SolarCity files a Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement, or UCC-1, on all of our solar energy systems in the real property records where each system is located prior to or when the system is installed. We file the UCC-1 to notify anyone who might perform a title search on the address where the system is located that our property, the solar energy system, is installed on the home. This filing protects our rights as the system’s owner against any mortgage on the real property. If the lender that holds the mortgage on the real property forecloses on our customer’s home, the UCC-1 filing protects our interest in the solar energy system and prohibits the lender from taking ownership of it.

If a UCC-1 is not a lien, can it be removed?

Yes. We are aware that lenders prefer not to see anything on the title so it’s common practice for us to release the UCC-1 fixture filing for financing purposes and re-file later. In fact, we have a dedicated team for this purpose to ensure that there is no disruption to the sale, purchase or refinancing of your home.

What is net metering and how does it benefit me if I buy a solar home?

Solar panels installed on the roof of a solar home convert sunlight to electricity throughout the day. Any electricity that is not immediately used is put into the power grid. In most states, the utility company credits the customer for this surplus energy. These contributions offset the electricity the customer uses at night through a policy called net metering.

FAQs for sellers

What is SolarCity’s success rate for agreement transfers?

When SolarCity customers sell their homes, we transfer the solar contract to the new owner over 98% of the time. In a small number of cases our customers elect to relocate the solar system to their new home.

What are my options if I decide to sell my solar home?

When selling a home with a SolarCity solar system, customers have multiple options. No matter which you choose we are here to make sure the process is smooth and simple.

  1. Transfer your agreement. By signing a transfer agreement, you can pass on your solar energy contract and monthly payments to the new homeowner.
  2. Pre-pay your agreement. This is a one-time discounted payment, which equals all remaining payments and applicable tax under the Solar Agreement. The person buying your home will sign a Transfer Agreement to assume your rights and non-monthly payment obligations under the solar agreement. The system stays at your home and the new owner will only have to comply with the non-monthly payment portions of this solar agreement.
  3. Move the system to your new home. If you are moving within the same utility district and your utility allows it, you may be able to move your system to your new home for a fee to SolarCity.

How do I get the process started?

If you’re considering selling your home, give our transfer team a call. A dedicated reassignment agent will be appointed to your home right away and will remain your primary point of contact throughout the entire process. Our reassignment agents are real estate professionals that know the ins-and-outs of the home sale process, from listing through escrow, and have handled thousands of agreement transfers. In addition to helping facilitate the agreement transfer for you, they can also act as a resource for your listing agent and potential buyers if either have any questions about the solar system, solar agreement or the transfer process in general.

Is there a lien on my home?

No. What you find on the title of solar home is called a UCC-1 fixture filing. A UCC-1 fixture filing is not a lien against the home. SolarCity files a Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement, or UCC-1, on all of our solar energy systems in the real property records where each system is located prior to or when the system is installed. We file the UCC-1 to put on notice anyone who might perform a title search on the address where the system is located that our property, the solar energy system, is installed on the home. This filing protects our rights as the system’s owner against any mortgage on the real property. If the lender that holds the mortgage on the real property forecloses on our customer’s home, the UCC-1 filing protects our interest in the solar energy system and prohibits the lender from taking ownership of our solar energy system.

Can I have the UCC-1 fixture filing removed to facilitate that sale of my home?

Yes. We are aware that lenders may sometimes prefer not to see anything on the title, so when requested we will release the UCC-1 (Fixture Filing) once we have a signed transfer agreement and re-file later.

Can SolarCity prevent my home from selling?

Absolutely not. As a matter of policy, SolarCity does not prevent home sales. If your buyer qualifies to purchase your home, they automatically qualify to assume your solar service agreement.

Selling your solar home?

We've created a real estate flyer specific to solar homes to help educate potential buyers on the benefits of solar and facilitate the home sale process. You can customize your own by downloading the editable Word document, or use the PDF version we've created for you.