We encourage all installers to apply as we do not have any hard requirements and evaluate every potential partner on a case-by-case basis. That said, some positive indicators include revenue over $1 million per year and successful installation of several systems over 50kW.
First, you must complete this partner application. Once approved we sign the participation agreement and conduct a training. The entire process can take as little as two weeks from submission of the completed application.
Sunstone charges the developer a fixed percentage of the loan amount. The percentage varies depending on the term and interest rate.
For each term there are multiple interest rate options. Choose the one that fits your market and sales process the best. For exact product details, contact us and set a conversation.
$50,000 - Sunstone was built to provide financing to businesses of all sizes, not just large investment grade borrowers. Our underwriting criteria and fees are the same no matter the project size and we are just as excited to underwrite a $50,000 loan as a multimillion dollar one.
Up to 20 years and as short as five years.
You choose the financing options you want to provide or let the sales process dictate which product you offer. Sunstone makes an approval decision based on the creditworthiness of the borrower, not the terms offered by installer partners.Once terms have been discussed with the customer, send them the application knowing that if approved, they’ll get what terms you offered them
All different types! We have a few exclusions such as when a business facilitates gambling (internet or otherwise), provides check-cashing, buys or sells currency for customers, offers high-rate loans to consumers (e.g., greater than 25% APR), supports the cannabis industry, or engages in firearm sales. Otherwise, we are pretty open, including businesses that are non-profits, schools, etc.
Sunstone can lend in all 50 states .
The project must provide savings to the borrower over 20 years and the manufacturer of any panels and inverters financed by Sunstone must be on our approved vendor list. Otherwise, there are no explicit price per watt limits or excluded module models.
Yes! Sunstone can lend to tenants as long as there is at least 4 years left on their lease.
Yes! Sunstone can lend to entities of all types including 501c3’s and other non-profits.
Sunstone underwrites the business that will own the system. We don’t pull the business owner’s credit report or require them to make a personal guarantee. Our underwriting process combines information pulled from borrower provided documentation and third party sources. It is a proprietary process designed to consider the unique aspects of financing solar and SMB customers.
Once approved to join the Sunstone network, partners use Sunstone’s financing platform and proprietary technology to send potential borrowers a simple, digital loan application. The partner is provided with status updates as the application is completed and decisioned.
The borrower application consists of five sections collecting information on the business, the project site, and the business’ ownership structure. We typically collect the following documents: three years tax returns, three months bank statements and property ownership or lease documentation. However, each borrower is unique, and we decision applications on a case-by-case basis
We have partnered with a network of premier financial institutions that provide us with substantial lending capacity to back our loans. Certain Sunstone loans are originated by Cross River Bank, Member FDIC.
Sunstone pays the developer directly, less our origination fees. No more chasing borrowers for your check!
There are a lot of great reasons why you should finance your system instead of paying cash! We wrote a whole article about it, which you can find here.
Yes, the only collateral for our loan products is a UCC filing on the solar system, so there is no impact to your mortgage or need for a lender subordination agreement.
Yes! We have simple, easy to implement solutions for property owners with NNN leases that benefit both the property owner and tenant(s).
Yes, Sunstone provides solutions for property owners, landlords and tenants. If your business rents its location, you can install solar with consent of the landlord.
The loan transfers to the new owner of the business.
Yes! The loan can be moved to the new facility owner, though technically it is not a transfer. The new owner will need to complete a loan application and be approved by Sunstone. Assuming they are, a new loan will be created that mimics the remaining terms on the old loan. If the new owner cannot be approved, the loan will need to paid off before the purchase is finalized.
The quoted rates assume that you enroll in payment via ACH. Sunstone will bill you monthly on behalf of our financing partners.
The special payment is a one time payment made to reinvest the tax credit you receive into your system. Making this payment keeps your monthly loan payments as low as possible from day 1. It is due 18 months after the beginning of the loan, but can be made at any time before that period. The loan begins at substantial completion, i.e. when the system is fully installed but perhaps not yet turned on.
Sunstone is partnering with best-in-class solar installers, developers and EPCs to grow commercial solar. If you need flexible commercial solar financing options for your customers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click below to complete our partner applicationBecome a partner now