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To date, direct ownership has not been a primary driver of small-scale solar deployment. Instead, residential and commercial customers alike appear to strongly prefer third-party ownership—via leases or power purchase agreements—over direct ownership. According to SunRun , 75% of the California market relies on third-party financing. That's likely due to the immediate cash requirements necessary to invest (a typical 5-kW residential system can cost on the order of $20,000–$35,000, assuming installation costs of $4–$7/W). And if my own experience is any indication, end-use customers are generally not interested in filling out the paperwork necessary to recover the tax credit offered to homeowners (as distinct from the business investment tax credit or 1603) or utility renewable energy certificates (RECs). With respect to the cash layout, there may be some new opportunities ...

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