Upsolar has introduced its Pass Locasolaire program that enables homeowners in France to lease the space on their rooftops for solar electric systems.
Under the program, qualifying property owners can host an Upsolar rooftop PV installation of 6 to 9 kW that will feed power into the local grid. Hosts pay EUR 500 for the first year, after which they receive up to 15% of the generated power's value. Alternatively, participants will have the option to purchase their systems after one year of operation.
While rooftop lease programs have been a key part of growing the residential solar market in other regions, this model has been slower to catch on in France, Upsolar says.