Sungevity to launch pay-as-you-go solar systems

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California-based Sungevity and Australian solar Nickel Energy have announced a joint venture dubbed RoofJuice, to provide pay-as-you-go solar systems. This will set Australian homeowners back by AUD$12,400 for a 5kW installation, with no upfront costs.

This option will go live in late May, incorporating the company’s brand assets and proprietary software tools, including the company’s remote solar design services.

Sungevity's expansion to Australia marks the second global move by the company in less than six months, following an expansion to Europe in November 2011 through a partnership with Dutch Solar firm, Zonline. The company now has a presence in eight US states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – as well as the Netherlands and Australia internationally.

“We share a common vision with Nick Lake and his team, and we are excited to partner with them to introduce easy and affordable solar power to Australian homeowners,” said Andrew Birch, chief executive officer, Sungevity.

“Sungevity's innovative iQuote technology, coupled with a ground-breaking and disruptive pay-as-you-go model, will enable a new class of Australian customer to go solar,” said Nick Lake, managing director, Nickel Energy. “The introduction of Sungevity 'RoofJuice' will undoubtedly transform the Australian solar market, and we are excited about leading the way.”

This will be welcome news following news of the CEFC AUD$10 billion loan scheme launching in 2013. However, doubts regarding solar power are fast gaining speed with elections looming and opposition parties talking about abolishing renewable energy incentive schemes.

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