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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Solar Rights and Power Purchase Agreement
Have you heard of a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA)? In many states, homeowners, non-profits and businesses can use these innovative mechanisms to go solar for no money down? Check out One Blog Off the Grid‘s great explanation of PPAs.
PPAs are really important if you are a non-profit, such as a church, school or local government, because they allow you to take advantage of federal tax incentives that reduce the cost of a system by up to 50% of the total cost.
Some utilities however, don’t allow you to have a PPA. They say that only they are allowed to sell you electricity. Recently, in Virginia, Dominion Power issued a “cease and desist” to a University that was trying to go solar with a PPA with a local company!
Visit the Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to see if PPAs are allowed in your state
TOOLS FOR ACTION: Start a Petition
PPAs not allowed in your state? We can help you change that!
Solar Citizen has partnered with Community Power Network to help citizens take action and demand the right to produce their own power. We can help you start a petition to push for PPAs in your state.
Do you know a church, university, or non-profit that would like to go solar but can’t take advantage of federal tax incentives without a PPA? Help them start a petition to demand the right to have a PPA, too!
Ready to start a petition?
RESOURCES: Understanding PPAs
This site gives a good overview of PPAs and how homeowners can use them to finance a solar system. Go!
DOE provides a good explanation of PPAs and the website includes resources and a webinar with additional information on PPAs. Go!
This fact sheet provides guidance for local and state governments interested in using a PPA as a financing mechanism for a solar project. Go!
Tell your legislators you deserve the right to produce your own power!
SOLAR CITIZEN PARTNERS
VA SUN is a citizens network of solar supporters in Virginia. We are part of a community listserve open to any individual or business interested in supporting solar in the state. Join us! Go!