Energy: rental solar panels, a more economical (and logical) solution?

Alexander Boero

March 01, 2023 at 4:15 p.m.


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The purchase of solar panels can offer economic advantages, but the cost of installation is sometimes too high, which leads some consumers to turn to another model: that of rental.

Faced with soaring electricity prices, solar panels are attracting more and more French people, especially since it has been possible for several years to consume all the energy produced. But if solar energy represents a great opportunity, the installation of photovoltaic panels for self-consumption can be very expensive. This is why it can be interesting to turn to rental.

France, a high-potential market for the rental of solar panels

The principle of leasing is simple: as an individual, you can have solar panels installed at home, in exchange for payment of rent. Like what is done in the automobile, you have the possibility of becoming the owner of the installation, after a certain time, by asking a much smaller sum, or while waiting for the term of the contract rent. Of course, it all depends on the company supplying the equipment.

In France, we can speak of a market with great potential, since only one house in 50 is equipped with solar panels. In the Netherlands, the nation where this market is the most developed, we are talking about one house in four.

The rental of solar panels has above all a financial advantage, because it exempts the consumer from the investment part, which is sometimes colossal. On average, a classic installation of 3 kWp (kilowatt-peak) costs around 7,000 euros. For rent, it is around 50 to 60 euros per month.

Aid, even in leasing, and the possibility of buying the panels without breaking the bank

Of course, a long-term lease can have a much higher final cost than a purchase, but the solar panel leasing system is the alternative par excellence for those who do not wish to go into debt. Not to mention the fact that the company that owns the panels guarantees installation and maintenance as well as parts and labor. Your only concern then is paying the rent.

The rental of photovoltaic panels is also eligible for certain aid, at least for aid and an advantage. You can indeed benefit from the self-consumption premium, paid every year over a period of 5 years. It can earn you between 90 and 430 euros per kWp, for a total amount that can reach several thousand euros. The other advantage is that of the subsidized redemption. It is indeed possible to resell its surplus consumption, enough to guarantee you a nice discount when you are hired.

At the end of the rental, you can buy the equipment for only a few hundred euros, or even for free, depending on your contract. It is also possible to become the owner of the solar panels before the end of the contract. If you have subscribed for 20 years, you can buy back the panels from the tenth year. At Otovo, the amount to be paid is around 6,500 euros, or 73% of the original price. The amounts being decreasing, you will only pay 3,870 euros if you decide to become the owner of the equipment after 15 years. Rather interesting, when we know that the lifespan of solar panels today is between 30 and 40 years.

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