Written by Emma Foehringer Merchant
Since the coronavirus pandemic began shutting down cities and states, the U.S. solar industry has had to cope with a new normal.
Though it’s only been a few (very, very long) months, solar developers, financiers and installers have pivoted to new ways of selling and funding projects. With an end to the pandemic nowhere in sight, those changes look to be enduring. Some have even benefited the industry.
Other conditions are more likely temporary, as the industry copes with constrained finances and a recession. Here’s what’s changed so far.
1. Free products
Along with an economy in shambles has come belt-tightening on the part of would-be solar customers. That’s prompted a handful of residential dealers and installers to offer solar contracts at rock-bottom prices. Several companies have offered months of new solar contracts at the low, low price of next to nothing — or even for free.
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