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Solar Financing | April 6, 2023

The Truth About Solar Installers Interest Rates: Deception and Hidden Fees 


Recently I heard two hosts on an AM radio show talking about the car and solar industries, and how they are affected by rising interest rates. I heard the solar guy claiming that his industry has not been dramatically affected by rate increases, while the car guy complained about how interest rates were hurting his business. However, what if I told you that the solar installer’s statement was not entirely true? In this article, we’ll explore the reality of solar interest rates, the deceptive dealer fees, and the importance of honesty and transparency in San Antonio. 

The Reality of Solar Interest Rates

Contrary to what some solar businesses may claim, the interest rate for a solar system is not as low as 4.00%, as the solar guy on the radio show suggested. In fact, the real interest rate to buy a solar system is 7.99%, which is almost double the rate he mentioned. The 4.00% rate is a “vanity rate” or a fake rate because the actual rate that most consumers will end up paying is 7.99 % when they apply for a solar loan. 

The Deceptive Dealer Fee  

Unfortunately, the solar industry has a practice of adding a hidden dealer fee to solar loans, which can range from $20,000 to $30,000. This fee is not revealed to the consumer until they sign the loan documents, and it’s often buried in the fine print. The fee is used to “buy down” the interest rate, making it appear lower than it really is. However, this means that the true cost of a solar system is much higher than what is advertised, and consumers can end up paying more than they expected. 

However, if get by without a ‘vanity rate’ and are willing to pay the true interest rate then you can save a huge chunk of money and dramatically lower the cost of switching to solar! 

The Importance of Honesty and Transparency  

As consumers, we deserve to know the true cost of a solar system, including the interest rate and any fees associated with it. It’s important for solar organizations to be honest and transparent about their pricing and not use deceptive tactics to lure customers. By being upfront about the costs, companies can build trust and credibility with their customers, and ultimately, create a more sustainable and equitable solar market. 

The Last Word 

In conclusion, the solar industry’s practice of deception and hidden fees when it comes to interest rates is a cause for concern. Consumers need to be aware of the true cost of going solar, and not be misled by low-interest rates that are not representative of the market. It’s important for solar installers to be honest and transparent about their pricing, and for consumers in San Antonio to demand clarity and fairness when it comes to solar loans. By working together, we can create a more ethical and accessible solar industry that benefits us all. 

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