As a SolarCity Field Energy Consultant, I always hear concerns about selling a house with a 3rd Party Owned Solar System (A Solar PPA and Solar Lease are two types of 3rd party owned solar systems).
Prospective solar customers frequently ask: “What if my home buyer doesn’t want the panels?”
My answer to that question ranged from:
“Who wouldn’t want to buy a house which has cheaper utility costs?”
“The Realtor gives the homebuyer a list of houses to look at before visiting. A homeowner will see features like ‘solar’ or ‘pool’ right in the listing and decide up front whether to visit the house and make an offer or not, but probably won’t make an offer and say ‘take down those solar panels because I don’t want a discount on the energy I need to buy.”
So I was a little nervous as my first of over 100 solar customers decided to sell their house.
The first email I received was in response to my question “so where are you moving?”
It sounds like the home sale was NOT held up by the solar panels.
Later, when following up whether this customer received his transfer paperwork from SolarCity, I received this reply: