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Apparently the new tariffs on solar cells from China, about which domestic solar installers who buy those panels were worried, haven’t prevented U.S. solar installer Sunrun from raising $60 million from investors that include heavyweights like Sequoia Capital. I like the solar leasing model because it really does make residential solar much more possible since the up front costs are amortized over 20 years through power purchase agreements. On the flip side, homeowners have to be thinking in terms of a 20 year time frame for homeownership (or presumably transfer the agreement to the next homeowner). And, well, maybe 20 years isn’t such a bad time horizon. After all, it’s thinking about products, whether they’re cars or homes, though such a short term ownership lenses that has gotten us into the resource mess we’re in.

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