While the advantages of solar power are profound and many, some homeowners continue to shy away from the installation of residential photovoltaic cells due to high upfront costs and long “payback” timelines. But now, a rental program called REnU is making all that money talk a moot point. Delaware-based Citizenre, a renewable energy development group, will rent solar panels to US residents on a per-kilowatt basis on a one, five, or twenty-five year contract. With only a $500 deposit, paid back at the end of the contract WITH interest, homeowners can easily and inexpensively make the switch from local utilities to solar power. What’s more, Citizenre acquires all necessary permits for residential installation, making the process easy as pie.

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  1. WilsonGroup July 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Just an update, someone asked if the renting solar and leasing solar was affordable? Well now the same programs that was discussed here has gotten even better. Now NO DEPOSITS! the 500.00 is gone, now a homeowner just has to pay their first and last months rent, and that is after instalation is complete and power is on. Also now there is that 10 year lease someone here was asking about with a 5 year extention available at the same rental rate, Read about the best solar rental programs in the nation here If you were excited then you should join and help spread the word, Join the Solution anyway you can, homeowners convert to solar and if you are not a homeowner and still want to help become an ecopreneur and spread the word solar is now simple and affordable. Either we are part of the solution, or part of the problem. Yea Clean Energy!

  2. Money Maker. August 24, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Amaaazing! A few years ago I heard about this company Citizenre.
    Never liked the Name( to hard to say poor marketing)
    Anyway, whats amazing is this is a phantom company.
    First of all, since they have anonuced this break through,
    the greatest marketing wonder of (at the time 20th centry).
    After creating a frenzy of belivers they told people, they would
    pay them $20 a sign-up. A sign-up was someone who committed
    to install, not yet pay the $500 deposit only agree on paper they
    will install, as soon as the company has the panels manufactured.
    oh ya did I forget to tell ya (they don’t have any panels. They have
    supposebly investors! Who you may ask? well thier not sayin…. Oh but
    they have them ! Right? They also have no dead line to build the facillity
    to build the panels! OH, sorry I forgot to tell ya that. No place to build the Panels.
    Are you getting the Idea no building, no paying anyone as they promissed, no paneles,
    No biz. Monkey biz… I told people a few years back when this Phantom company
    first came up Don’t work for them until they Pay you! So you had these people
    having booth’s set up at flee markets, signing up thousans of people. Paying for the booth
    with there own hard earened cash” and being promissed by Citizenre to be compensated
    $20 per App. (NO-Money Honey) no panels ware your flannels ! It gets cold in the morning
    at the flee market. Also one last thing. When someone gets installed you get paid 3 or 350 Dollars!
    not bad if this was a real company; and not a pipe dream bunch of Idiots. Thats not to harsh.
    If you have a good Idea please keep it to your self. Unless you can bring it into reality, not
    ruein peoples lifes with false hopes, having them work for you and telling them in conforence
    calls your going to pay them; only to lure them into working harder for you and still not paying them.
    These guys got 1000’s of app.’s of people who say sure, I like the Idea of renting a panel & not changing
    my phone bill for 20 years I think it is. But thats all they got. I have been in programs for years.
    Some I make more money then others however, once you are famillar with a dud. You reconize
    a dud when you see a dud. To you people I warned a few years ago when this sheam started sorry
    to say I told you so! And if your still signing up people for fun who are wondering if someday the company
    will have solar panels for rent stop! There are plenty of good real programs people like myself are
    making Real Money! Citizenre makes promisses. Promisses will not pay bills. Go online and make some money. Get with a real company that pays pepole. END.

  3. senfryan April 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    welll ya but everyone is making a big deal about the saving which i understand but think of how much pollution that you wil not be putting in to the earth by not using standby power

  4. Jeff December 7, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Looks like nanosolar is fully funded and ready to pop. Finally a solar solution that is cost-effective.

    Oh, I forgot, I still can’t buy it.

    That seems to be the history of solar. No one has the cost-justification.

    However, one can only hope nanosolar will soon offer products. They certainly seem to have the solution development funding solved.

  5. Mark Hicks November 28, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Regardin Josh’s post….
    Josh, yes, they can be implemented into Municipal or Public buildings. Those accounts are considered commercial accounts I believe. A separate division will handle commercial vs. residential. They are referred to as franchise branches or offices. The latest I have heard regarding the commercial sector, they will begin marketing to commercial systems in March 2008. If you want to email me or phone me at my website I will be happy to stay in contact with you and will help you get in touch with the right person once they open the doors for commercial solar reservations.

  6. Mark Hicks November 28, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Regarding Kim’s post….
    Kim, I’m based out of the Phoenix area and would be happy to help you get your system reserved if you haven’t already. You might as well lock in your rate now and start building referrals. Every referral you send for a successful installation will earn you 5% off your monthly rent. The 5% is based on the rent of the person you referred. Imagine a $0 solar bill!
    Phoenix is one of the top 20 markets across the nation where the residential solar installations wil begin. Citizenre is already here in Arizona! THE VALLEY OF THE SUN. Isn’t it about time solar has an opportunity to become affordable and worthwhile here in Arizona, let alone everywhere. It only makes sense! You can go to my website and click on the SOLAR RENT PROGRAM link. It will lead you to more information where you can reserve your system. Or just give me a call and we can get your system reserved over the phone.

  7. Josh November 27, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Can this program be implemented into Municipal or Public Buildings as well

  8. Kim April 23, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I’m extremely interested in this, was wondering when you would be coming into my area, I live in Wickenburg, Arizona, where the sun never or rarely stops shining. I have just started going green and would like to know how long it will take for you to get to my area. Thanks

  9. royal March 7, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    I think this is an awesome business concept.

  10. Terry February 28, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    I checked the “analysis” (hack job would be a better description) that was offered by Solar Kismet and most of it was full of distortions and misunderstandings. It looks like Mr. Kismet has a lot to lose if everybody can get solar panels. I am glad that the solar bigots (who want to show how much better and smarter they are than everybody else because the rest of us can’t afford to go solar) are so angry about CitizenRe. This in and of itself makes me believe that it might just work. I certainly didn’t see any idea on Mr. Kismet’s site that offers a way that I (or the vast majority of Americans for that matter) could go solar. Just another critic that doesn’t have any idea’s of his own.

  11. Solar Kismet February 6, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I’m not as rosy on this company in particular – they make a lot of claims and goals that aren’t achievable. I’ve tried to give some “analysis” to their marketing machine on my blog here.

  12. Jörg Breuning January 26, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Good pics from Germany.
    Works perfect with green roofs.

  13. Oren Powers January 24, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I’m so excited to see this being discussed on InHabitat, thank you for taking the leadership role in so many important Earth-Centered activities.

    To see exactly how much money you can save, go to and click on the “Solar Savings Calculator.” As Drew and Shin mentioned, there is a fixed rate that gives homeowners a hedge against all future energy increases. This calculator is based on your state, utility provider, average bill and also gives you a measurement in tons of how much greenhouse gases you save the planet.

    As far as the insurance question goes, Citizenre is working on including an insurance option with units when they are ready in September, but for now it is good to check with your homeowners’ insurance policy about adding this to it.

    Thanks again.

  14. Janey Ward January 22, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    This is very interesting.
    I am excited to learn more.

    Currently, most solar companies offer financing of the system and the cost is usually close to, or below, the cost of a public utility bill.

    It is still a hard sell to most folks, as solar is not yet a NEED (they already have power), mostly a WANT for people who want to do the right thing.

    Keep up the good work, solar folks. It will take multiple strategies to make this passive grid and active, 2-way grid.

  15. Joel January 22, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    i would love something like this in canada. even if its the same rate as my current provider, i get the good feeling of knowing im not contributing to a problem thats plaguing our planet

  16. Mike January 22, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Malon said: “Why does there have to be a payback? Can’t we merely do something for the good of the world?”

    Who would pay for the donated panels?

  17. Malon January 21, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Why does there have to be a payback? Can’t we merely do something for the good of the world?

  18. Drew January 21, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    The insurance question is a good one. I doubt most homeowner policies will cover damage to third party equipment. The savings comes from having your rate locked-in for the term of the rental. So for the first few years there’s no savings but as utility rates rise yours stay the same, and the $500 is a deposit which is returned at the end of the rental. I would like to see them offer a term somewhere in between their 5 year and 25 year terms.

  19. Shin January 21, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Interesting, but you pay the same rates as you are currently paying your utility company so where’s the savings? Besides, you’re out $500 bucks plus I’m sure there will be insurance costs aswell.

  20. Thea January 19, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Great idea! Anyone doing this in Canada yet?

  21. RAUL GARZA January 18, 2007 at 9:09 pm


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