Free solar

New / Sales Vivint
May 20 21 Comments

I think everyone has seen something about “free solar” in some ad here or there.
I work for a solar company and can vouch that at least at my company it is in fact “free.”
Basically you change power companies from your current one, to my company, and lock in a lower rate. In exchange we provide the panels at no cost whatsoever. No hidden charges.

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TOP 21 Comments
  • Headspace sScq20
    My landlord installed vivint solar panels. I’m paying vivint right now at a lower rate compared to pge, and also sending the unused energy back to the grid (hopefully will get credit back from pge). Good deal imo.
    May 20 7
    • Entergy / Finance Ukulele504
      That’s specious. The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 mandates utilities pay avoided cost (varies by utility and must be filed with the applicable regulatory body once per year at a minimum) for this excess electricity at a minimum.

      Utilities who choose to pay nothing do so when there isn’t a net meter installed and the excess can’t be measured. Otherwise, they’re in violation of federal law.
      May 21
    • Deloitte broadway74
      Same I use vivint too and save about 16% a month - I compared are old utility bills. Plus once a year I get a check for about $50 for unused energy.
      May 21
    • New / Sales Vivint
      OP
      Good information Ukulele. I had only read on reviews that some utility companies aren’t paying anything for excess. Good to see they’re probably lying or confused
      May 21
    • Headspace sScq20
      Not sure how much pge will pay me back for the excess, they will send a check once a year and that’s my first year. Haven’t gotten a check yet.
      May 21
    • Deloitte broadway74
      I got $50 form Bge
      May 21
  • Amazon bay-zohs
    This is a literal sales guy
    May 20 1
    • New / Sales Vivint
      OP
      Right...that isn’t a secret. But I can’t actually sell anything to anyone...it’s part of a qualification program.
      If someone just wants information to cut through the crap I’m happy to do that.
      May 20
  • Juniper scandeep
    What company is this?
    May 20 5
    • New / Sales Vivint
      OP
      Vivint
      May 20
    • Juniper scandeep
      Will the rates fluctuate or rise later on?
      May 20
    • New / Sales Vivint
      OP
      The rates have a built in “escalator” of 2.9%. And it cannot exceed 2.9%. In other words it just equals inflation.

      To put that in perspective, utility companies are raising their rates between 5-15%.
      May 21
    • Entergy / Finance Ukulele504
      Wow, having been in the industry for over half a decade, I’ve not heard of customer bills escalating at 5-15% anywhere for more than a one-off instance.

      In fact, the regulated utilities owned by my parent company have seen rates go up an average 1.5-2.5% per year since 2000...
      May 21
  • Tesla tesla orug
    Its called PPA
    May 21 0
  • Deloitte broadway74
    The issue I am worried about now is selling our home with the vivint panels. Most ppl think it’s a scam but we have had no cost and only saved money so far
    May 21 1
    • New / Sales Vivint
      OP
      You shouldn’t have any issue at all.
      You just call the customer service and say you’re selling your home and once the sale goes through it switches over to the next person no problem.
      May 21
  • Oracle Ravdivueks
    What’s the lower rate?
    May 20 1
    • New / Sales Vivint
      OP
      Depends where you live. What state are you in?
      May 20