The investment required to acquire a solar energy harvesting system for a home or premises is not always affordable for those who wish to evolve towards sustainable energy models. One concept that removes this problem from the map is rent-a-roof, alternative that allows owners to have a zero cost installation. In addition, beneficiaries are also remunerated per unit of energy produced in some of the programs activated in places like the United States or India which, along with the United Kingdom, stand out for their dynamism in this area.

SolarHost, free installations in Texas.

San Antonio, Texas is one of those places where rooftop rental initiatives have been activated. More specifically, the supplier CPS Energy and the company PowerFin have activated the program SolarHostSA for owners and premises and tenants who have the approval of their owners.

To participate in the program, you must submit an application, after which an appraisal of the house will be carried out. Depending on aspects such as roof dimensions and shaded areas, the request will be denied or approved. In the latter case, the promoters of the idea will be in charge of carrying out the installation, as well as its maintenance, completely free of charge.

In addition to the advantage of having a solar home system at zero costThose who are considered eligible for this program will receive a credit of $ 0.03 for each kilowatt hour generated by their facility. As calculated by SolarHost, the monthly savings on the electric bill are between 20% and 30%.

United Kingdom, years of work on this concept.

Renting a roof in the UK is not a new concept, but was explored and developed years ago, more specifically from 2010, when authorities approved aid for the installation of solar panels. As in the case of the United States, the idea is free installations.

For those who benefit from the initiatives of this territory, there are more advantages, in addition to being supplied with energy from clean sources. Thus, it is estimated that electricity bills can be reduced by almost half, all without having to invest in the necessary technologies. Similar to the Texas project, not all rooftops are eligible to benefit from these facilities at zero cost. So those who have a better location relative to the sun prevail, a key aspect in an area that does not stand out in this area.

Roof rental, expanding in India.

The competition that exists in India in the solar energy market and the need for companies to cut costs and expand their markets have put the concept of rooftop rental on the agenda of developers.

The state of Gujarat was the main promoter of this format which enabled participating companies to save the costs that would result from taking back the land to promote solar installations. To replace this space, public and private roofs were used, in which solar energy collection systems were activated.

With around 19,000 beneficiaries, this initiative works in the form of rent by landlords, who receive from energy companies $ 0’05 ​​per unit of energy produced. Other regions of India, such as the capital, Delhi, are planning to launch similar initiatives which, according to the promoters, in Gujarat have resulted in the reduction of 6,000 tonnes of annual emissions.