Power Purchase Agreements

Your path to solar energy with no out-of-pocket investment

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a great way to go solar without the expense of owning your solar equipment, in contrast to a typical cash investment in a solar project. You'll realize immediate savings on your utility bill at no cost to you, and you'll dramatically reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. 

How a PPA works: 

In the simplest terms, we agree to install solar at your site at no cost to you, generate power at your site, and sell it back to you at a lower rate than the utility company will. If you have a qualifying rooftop, we will agree to design, install, own, and maintain the system. We will sell the energy to you at an agreed-upon price for a set period of time, generally about 20 years.

cost of a PPAIn a PPA, your electricity rate is fixed for the life of the agreement, and is lower than the rate you would get from your utility company. 

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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington, VA, used a PPA to model their sustainability goals

Benefits of a PPA:

  • No capital costs: We handle the upfront costs of designing, procuring and installing the solar PV system. 
  • Immediate Savings: Without any upfront investment, you can go solar and begin saving money on your utility bill as soon as the system becomes operational. 
  • Reduced energy costs: Solar PPAs provide a fixed, predictable cost of electricity for the duration of the agreement.
  • Limited risk: We are responsible for the system’s maintenance,  performance and operating risk.
  • Increase in property value and ease of transfer: Solar PV systems have been shown to increase property values. The long-term nature of these agreements allow PPAs to be transferred with the property and thus provide customers a means to invest in their property at little or no cost.
  • Reach your sustainability goals: You can model your values without the initial investment for equipment ownership.

Want to learn more? Check out our PPA webinar recordings:

PPAs for Commercial Businesses


PPAs for Faith-Based Organizations and Non-Profits


PPAs are available in VA, MD and Washington DC:

Types of businesses that can potentially qualify for a PPA include those listed below. To find out if your building qualifies, reach out to us through the form below and have a recent power bill at hand. If your roof is solar ready, you may be a great candidate. 

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Faith-based  Organizations

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Commercial Properties

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Gov. and Municipal Buildings

Faith-based organizations often find PPAs to be a helpful way to reach sustainability goals set forth by their denomination's teachings or internal resolutions.



  • churches
  • temples
  • mosques
  • meeting houses
  • schools
  • charity centers
  • food banks

A solar PPA can be especially useful to reduce operating costs for a non-profit organization, and removes responsibility for maintenance from a non-profit manager's already full plate. 



  • associations
  • arts foundations
  • think tanks
  • child care
  • counseling services
  • social clubs
  • food banks
  • warehouses

Depending on your tax structure and your specific building and roof, a solar PPA could be a great cost-saving solution for your business. 



  • breweries, wineries and distilleries
  • fitness centers
  • shopping centers
  • farms
  • riding stables
  • senior centers
  • Clinics, hospitals and veterinary offices
  • Self storage facilities

Many local government municipalities are pursuing PPA projects on schools and government-owned buildings to reach their localities' sustainability goals, model environmental values and save money for tax-payers. 

  • schools
  • firehouses
  • police stations
  • public works buildings
  • county government buildings
  • town and city halls
  • public libraries

To see if you qualify for a PPA for your building, contact our solar experts. They'll ask for a copy of your utility bill and will give you an immediate estimate of your potential savings. Fill out the form below to get in touch!