Solar Subscription

Subscribing to Solar

When you subscribe to solar with Tesla, you’ll pay a monthly rate for the use of a solar panel system that provides your home with clean energy directly from the sun. Subscribing to solar allows customers to go solar without the higher upfront costs of purchasing a solar panel system. Our subscriptions are priced regionally to reduce the average utility bill by more than the subscription’s monthly payment, meaning you can start saving immediately.

Tesla offers subscription solar for both residential and commercial use in limited areas. Learn more about solar subscription for commercial customers.

How Solar Subscription Works

The subscription process begins with you entering your address and monthly utility bill into our Design Studio, available at Tesla’s website. This information allows us to provide you with a recommended solar system size  based on your average monthly energy usage, and how much sunlight you may receive at your home based on historic regional indexes. You can also manually select a different solar panel system size to compare your estimated monthly and 25-year savings.

Solar subscription customers pay a monthly rate that includes solar panels and other necessary hardware, installation and maintenance. Your monthly subscription rate depends on which of the four standard system sizes you choose to install. Learn more about the right solar system size for your home.

Subscription vs. Purchase

Tesla has multiple solar panel financing options available to help meet your needs. The decision to subscribe or purchase your system depends on your preferences as a homeowner and considerations such as how long you plan to stay in your home. You can change your financial payment options up until installation begins. Language contained in the contract, such as conditions, warranties and guarantees are specific to your contract type and cannot be altered.

  SUBSCRIPTION LOAN PURCHASE CASH PURCHASE
CASH UPFRONT None None Full cost due at install
LIFETIME VALUE Good Better Best
SYSTEM OWNERSHIP No Yes Yes
POWERWALL May be purchased separately by cash or loan Can be added to loan Can be purchased at the same time
CANCEL ANYTIME No cancellation fee N/A N/A
INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT Tesla keeps tax credit to provide low subscription price Yes
Apply your tax credit to your loan to maintain monthly payment amount
Yes
MAINTENANCE Tesla owns and maintains the system 10 year comprehensive and 25 year panel performance warranty 10 year comprehensive and 25 year panel performance warranty
CASH UPFRONT

Subscription
None

Loan Purchase
None

Cash Purchase
Full cost due at install

LIFETIME VALUE

Subscription
Good

Loan Purchase
Better

Cash Purchase
Best

SYSTEM OWNERSHIP

Subscription
No

Loan Purchase
Yes

Cash Purchase
Yes

POWERWALL

Subscription
May be purchased separately by cash or loan

Loan Purchase
Can be added to loan

Cash Purchase
Can be purchased at the same time

CANCEL ANYTIME

Subscription
No cancellation fee

Loan Purchase
N/A

Cash Purchase
N/A

INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT

Subscription
Tesla keeps tax credit to provide low subscription price

Loan Purchase
Yes
Apply your tax credit to your loan to maintain monthly payment amount

Cash Purchase
Yes

MAINTENANCE

Subscription
Tesla owns and maintains the system

Loan Purchase
>10 year comprehensive and 25 year panel performance warranty

Cash Purchase
10 year comprehensive and 25 year panel performance warranty

Subscription Payments

Subscription payments are made once your system is powered on. Your deposit covers your first month of service. After that, your monthly payment will be processed on the anniversary of the date your system was activated.

You can cancel your subscription at any time with no cancellation fee. After cancellation, your solar panels will be deactivated and will remain on your roof until you choose to reactivate them or have them removed at a mutually agreeable time. If you would like your system removed, Tesla will perform the system removal work at your cost of $2,500 unless otherwise specified in your contract. 

How to Qualify for Solar Subscription

To qualify for a solar subscription, you must own your home and be listed on the utility bill with one of the following utilities:

STATE UTILITY
Arizona
  • Arizona Public Service Company (APS)
  • Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
California
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)
  • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
  • Biggs Electrical Department
  • Colton Electric Utility
  • Glendale Public Service Department
  • Gridley Municipal Utilities
  • Pasadena Water and Power Department
Connecticut
  • Eversource Energy
  • United Illuminating Company
Massachusetts
  • National Grid
  • Eversource Energy (NSTAR Boston Edison)
  • Eversource Energy (NSTAR Cambridge Electric Light)
  • Eversource Energy - South Shore (NSTAR Commonwealth Electric)
  • Eversource Energy (WMECO)
  • Unitil (Fitchburg)
New Jersey
  • PSE&G-New Jersey
  • Atlantic City Electric
  • Orange & Rockland
  • Jersey Central Power & Light (First Energy)
New Mexico
  • PNM
  • El Paso Electric Company
STATE UTILITY
AZ
  • Arizona Public Service Company (APS)
  • Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
CA
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)
  • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
  • Biggs Electrical Department
  • Colton Electric Utility
  • Glendale Public Service Department
  • Gridley Municipal Utilities
  • Pasadena Water and Power Department
CT
  • Eversource Energy
  • United Illuminating Company
MA
  • National Grid
  • Eversource Energy (NSTAR Boston Edison)
  • Eversource Energy (NSTAR Cambridge Electric Light)
  • Eversource Energy - South Shore (NSTAR Commonwealth Electric)
  • Eversource Energy (WMECO)
  • Unitil (Fitchburg)
NJ
  • PSE&G-New Jersey
  • Atlantic City Electric
  • Orange & Rockland
  • Jersey Central Power & Light (First Energy)
NM
  • PNM
  • El Paso Electric Company

Adding More Panels to Your System

You have the option to upsize your system if you decide you want more solar panels after installation by entering into an updated Subscription Agreement. We do not currently offer an option to downsize your subscription system.

Selling Your Home

If you sell your home, you can transfer the agreement to the new homeowner or cancel the contract and pay to have the system removed prior to close of escrow.

Adding Powerwall

At this time, Powerwall cannot be added to the subscription agreement, however, you can purchase Powerwall separately. Add value to your solar subscription with a Powerwall that will provide backup power and greater energy independence.

*The information provided on your utility bill is used to assess your estimated energy usage. Tesla will not share this information with third parties.