Solar Power Financing

Southern California: The Solar Capital of the United States

Southern California is home to more solar-powered rooftops than any other region in any other state. Solar power systems are so popular across the Golden State, largely because they help property owners save money on electricity costs that keep rising. For many residential and commercial property owners, a financed solar power system is less expensive in the long run than staying with their local utility.

If you are in Southern California and considering installing a solar power system, the dedicated, trained and qualified professionals at Sullivan Solar Power are here to help you every step of the way. From helping you select the best type and level of solar power system for your property to installing the equipment and maintaining it to keep it working as designed, we will be your solar power partners.

We don't just design, install and maintain state-of-the-art solar energy systems. We go the extra mile for our clients to provide comprehesive support, including advising them on financing needs and helping them identify, apply for and receive all the financial incentives offered by local cities and other governmental jurisdictions they are entitled to receive. Sullivan Solar Power is a solar power industry leader dedicated to making all of Southern California a cleaner and greener community.

Residential Solar Power Financing Methods

Residential PACE

The innovative Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program allows property owners to finance solar power systems through property taxes without spending any money out-of-pocket and without a credit score requirement.

Certain territories throughout Southern California are offering residential homeowners access to low interest financing for energy and water efficiency projects in their homes. Sullivan Solar Power is an approved PACE contractor for the two programs offered in our service territory, the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) and YGrene. The HERO program is a financing program available for homeowners in the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego and YGrene is available in Coachella Valley and Chula Vista. This type of financing is known as Property Assessed Clean Energy financing (PACE) and is a great opportunity to finance a solar system based on property valuations rather than qualifying credit. PACE was named one of the top 20 ideas that can change the world by Scientific American magazine. In most cases the property tax assessment stays with the property if sold. Coupling HERO financing with a Pre-Paid Solar Lease is one of the most advantageous solutions currently available and typically locks in a homeowner with a lease rate lower than their lowest utility tier.

The list of eligible PACE areas is expanding to include:

County of Imperial: Brawley and El Centro

County of Los Angeles: Alhambra, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Bradbury, Carson, City of Industry, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendora, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada Flintridge, La Verne, Lawndale, Lomita, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Palmdale, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Monica, South El Monte, South Pasadena, Temple City, Torrance, Walnut and West Covina

County of Orange: Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin and Westminster

County of Riverside: Banning, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Corona, Eastvale, Hemet, Jurupa, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar and the Unincorporated Area

County of San Bernardino: Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Twenty Nine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley and the Unincorporated Area

County of San Diego: Carlsbad, El Cajon, Escondido, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Diego, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Vista  and the Unincorporated Area

Please refer to the Participating Areas page of the HERO Program website for a comprehensive listing and contact Sullivan Solar Power today to learn more about this program.

20 Year Unsecured Solar Loan

This is a good alternative for customers who do not have equity in their homes or would like the option of owning the system without refinancing or taking money out of the bank. Our credit union offers unsecured 20-year loans with payments calculated on a 20-year amortization schedule. This loan is specifically geared toward solar power systems and allows the homeowner to re-amortize within the first year dropping payment to less than their current utility bill.

  • Must have a 45% debt-to-income ratio after financing your PV system
  • FICO score of 680 or higher is required
  • Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000
  • Interest rates can range from 4.99% - 9.99%. Customers with FICO scores above 730 will typically see rates around 6.25%

Home Equity Line Of Credit

Home equity lines of credit (HELOC) are a very popular method of financing for PV systems as it allows customers to pay the loans down at their own pace. HELOCs allow customers to see immediate positive cash flow from day one with interest-only minimum monthly payments. Some additional facts are:

  • Must have over 20% equity in your home after the loan (80% LTV)
  • Must have a 45% debt to income ratio after financing the PV system
  • FICO score of 700 or higher is required
  • Interest rates for HELOCs range around 3% - 5% for qualified customers

12 Year Combo Loan

The SunPower combo loan allows a customer to pay down the interest rate to a low 1.99%. This is the same for Kyocera. These loans allow the homeowner to pay down the loan faster than any other finance option that Sullivan offers. With this option there are 2 loans, one that is 30% of the total contract price (this loan is a 1 year same as cash with no interest), the other loan is the remainder of the contract price for a 12 year term.

  • Must have a 45% debt to income ratio after financing your PV system
  • FICO score of 700 or higher is required

Lease Options

Sullivan Solar Power offers a lease that is the most competitive in the industry. A solar lease gives the customer the option to install solar with little or no up-front costs. The benefit of leasing is it provides 100% visibility into electric costs for the next 20 years. These agreements provide free maintenance and a production guarantee for the term of the loan.

  • Monthly lease - Replaces monthly payment with a payment that is lower than current electric bill
  • Prepaid lease - Prepay electricity at a heavily discounted rate at one time and do not make another payment for twenty years.
  • No equity required
  • FICO score of 700 or higher is required.

Designing the Right System for You

Given both the financial and social benefits associated with solar power systems, it is no surprise that solar power installations have increased more than 110 percent  in recent years, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy. To learn more about our solar energy systems and how you can benefit from an installation, contact Sullivan Solar Power today. We will develop a customized solar energy system that fits your residential or commercial needs by thoroughly assessing your property and budget, among other needs.

Additional information:


Hello Mark, thank you for reaching out to Sullivan Solar Power. The HERO program is a great choice for financing, you are able to completely own the system through the program and can take full advantage of the 30% tax credit in the same year the system is officially turned on. Regardless if you use a conventional solar loan, the HERO Program or purchase your solar power system with cash, you receive a one-time 30 percent federal tax credit. If you do not use your full credit the first year, it will carry over for five years.There are also additional tax benefits as you are financing your solar system under your property taxes and will be able to take advantage of additional deductions. If you would like to set up a free in-home consultation and site assessment we can review how HERO works for you in detail.

Sullivan Solar Power

Friday, January 09, 2015

If we install a solar system and finance it through the hero program what will be the maximum solar credit we can obtain in year one - 30% of the total cost or 30% of the annual addition to our tax bill (to pay down the loan)? OR?? Thanks, Mark


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sean Lee, solar panels cannot be installed on the same roof space that contain a pool thermal system on them, but can be installed on roof space that is not currently occupied by the pool thermal system. While the two systems do not function together as one unit, many customers have both pool thermal and solar photovoltaic systems to accommodate both needs in the home. Since solar photovoltaic systems are able to reduce or eliminate electric bills, some clients will remove their older solar thermal system to make room for a solar electric system.

Sullivan Solar Power

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sue, we are not exclusive to any one product manufacturer, for either solar panels or inverters. We currently carry both Kyocera and SunPower solar panels, and the inverters we mainly work with are the SMA brand inverters. We choose to use these products as they are quality, proven equipment, and these companies have all been around longer than the warranties they offer. It is important for us to align our customers with quality products from companies that are financially stable and priced fairly.

Sullivan Solar Power

Friday, October 17, 2014

I will be moving into a home in July that has a pool with solar heating. Can solar panels also be installed, or can they only be installed on the remaining roof space? Can the two systems work together?

Sean Lee

Friday, October 10, 2014

Which brand of panel and inverter do you use?


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Good morning Daryle, The inverter warranty provided through Sullivan Solar Power is for 20 years. Labor and replacement inverter would be at no cost to you. Feel free to call me to further discuss the potential project.

Oscar Martinez

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

If I purchase a system from you, for how long is the inverter warrantied?


Monday, April 07, 2014

I just signed a contract with you guys to have my solar installed at home. I just wanted to let you know that part of my decision to go with you instead of other companies was that you support KPCC, which I listen to everyday. So thanks for a great deal, and thanks for supporting my favorite radio station!

Phat Ngo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Great question Sean! Yes, you can have both pool solar and photovoltaic solar. Both systems require direct sunlight, however, so they cannot occupy the same space. Your roof likely has room for both systems, if not, one can be moved to the ground. We will take a look and let you know your options!

Sullivan Solar Power

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I will be moving into a home in July that has a pool with solar heating. Can solar panels also be installed, or can they only be installed on the remaining roof space? Can the two systems work together?

Sean Lee

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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