Replacing your roof and installing a solar system at the same time is a common occurrence and can be a great idea. Not only will a new roof allow your solar system to last longer, but it can also be an investment that increases the value of your home. The steps below outline the process of incorporating a roof replacement with your solar installation:

  1. Homeowner must select a third-party roofer and get a quote. (Clean.Tech does not provide roofing services)
  2. After the solar design & proposal are built in the app, add the price of the roof quote into the Add-on 2 (non-ITC cost). Other solar related adders (see article on Adders) can be entered into the Add-on 1 (ITC).

Note: Be sure the cost of the roof doesn’t exceed 15-40% of the solar system, excluding battery storage systems (for the specific percentage for the funding provider you’ve selected - see below). Funding approval will not be granted by funding providers if their percentage thresholds are exceeded.

Complete and sign the solar agreement as normal.

  1. Alert Clean.Tech of this new roof adder during the post-contract call with the Customer Success team.
  2. The homeowner must coordinate with the roofer to schedule the roof replacement before Clean.Tech can proceed with the solar installation.
  3. Send the invoice from the roofer with photographs of the completed job to accounting@clean.tech. Clean.Tech will pay the roofer’s invoice from loan proceeds within 3 business days.
  4. Clean.Tech continues the solar installation process as normal.

Remember - The cost of the new roof cannot exceed 15-40% of the solar agreement, depending on the funding provider selected!

EZSolar Loan will accept up to 40% of the total loan cost for adders (battery storage systems are not considered in this calculation).

Example: Total loan amount - $50,000 up to $20,000 can be added for a roof and other adders.

Keep the cost per watt under $6.00 to avoid a red flag on the project.

Enium will accept up to 25% of the total loan amount for adders (battery storage systems are not considered in this calculation).

Example: Total loan amount - $50,000 up to $12,500 can be used for roof and other adders.

Keep the cost per watt under $5.50 to avoid a red flag on the project.

LoanPal will accept up to 25% of the total loan amount for adders (battery storage systems are not considered in this calculation).

Example: Total loan amount - $50,000 up to $12,500 can be used for roof and other adders.

Keep the cost per watt under $5.50 to avoid a red flag on the project.

Sunlight Financial will accept up to 15% of the total loan amount for adders (battery storage systems are not considered in this calculation).

Example: Total loan amount - $50,000 up to $7,500 can be used for roof and other adders.

Keep the cost per watt under $5.50 to avoid a red flag on the project.

Commonly Asked Questions on this topic:

Q: Can a homeowner include the cost of the roof in the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) adder line?

A: We are not legally able to offer an opinion on tax matters. Consult a tax professional to properly monetize the solar ITC and other potential tax benefits.

Q: If the installed roof cost is less than originally estimated, how is the balance of the funds disbursed?

A: Clean.Tech is required to return any excess funds to the lender and apply them toward the principal of the loan.

Q: How much does it cost to remove and reinstall solar if the homeowner wants to replace the roof later?

A: Clean.Tech would charge time and materials and require the homeowner to store the equipment onsite. This is why it is smarter to replace the roof now if the homeowner thinks the roof will not last 20+ years.

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