Many homeowners learned about solar power purchase agreements for the first time when Ask This Old House featured a segment on PPAs during the episode “Solar PPA, Framing Walls” airing March 8.
At the start of the episode, Ask TOH host Kevin O’Connor and Ross and Richard Trethewey discuss that one of the benefits of a solar power purchase agreement is how affordable solar has become for those who previously thought it out of their reach. “In a typical installation, the homeowner has to pay for the panels, they have to pay for the installation, and that can be $20,000 or even $30,000,” says Ross, a renewable energy specialist. “But there’s a new way of doing it. There are solar companies that will actually put panels on your roof at little or no cost to the homeowner.”
Sunrun, which began offering power purchase agreements upon its founding in 2007, is one of those companies.
When Ask This Old House arrives at a San Francisco home with a solar system provided by Sunrun, Sunrun installer partner Luminalt’s Anukene Warda walks viewers through the installation process. While discussing the solar system, Jeff, the homeowner, says, “We pay for it at a fixed rate over 20 years’ time, and we also get a 20 year maintenance program with [Sunrun], where they take care of everything.”
At the close of the segment, Richard Trethewey gets excited. “If this financing plan means we get more solar panels onto American roofs and have to build less power plants, I’m all for it,” he says.
Sunrun has almost 20,000 customers in ten states including AZ, CA, CO, HI, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OR and PA. We strive to educate everyone who wants to learn more about getting solar for their home, and are very pleased to have been featured on Ask This Old House.