MySolar Information for Installers
UMassFive is proud to offer solar financing through our own MySolar Loan, and we make it easy for installers and consumers alike. Please familiarize yourself with the information below as it will ensure a smooth transaction for you and your clients.
|Disbursement Schedule||30% upon signed contract; 30% upon permitting; 40% upon interconnectivity|
|Disbursement Method||2-party check payable to borrower and installer; borrower can authorize direct payment to installer via single party check or ACH|
|Maximum Loan Amount||$75,000 for borrowers with credit scores of 750 or above. Lower maximums for borrowers with lower scores|
|Minimum Credit Score||Not applicable - Each loan is individually underwritten|
|Interest-only Period||Full 12 months|
|Maximum Amortizing Term||15 years|
|Rates||Fixed rate as low as the Prime Rate plus 0.00% (credit score of 750 or greater for 5 year term); higher rates apply for longer terms and lower scores|
|Site Preparation Costs||Costs allowed for tree removal, roof repair, etc. up to 15% of the Project Cost|
|Maximum Overproduction||150% of existing consumption|
|Geographic Territory||Massachusetts and contiguous states|
|Consumer Portal||The entire loan process can be accomplished digitally|
|Installer Portal||Document upload through secure FTP site|
|Other Requirements||Borrowers must join UMassFive prior to disbursal of any funds|
There are three ways for Solar Installers to become eligible for MySolar client financing:
- All Expedited installers in the MA Clean Energy Center's Mass Solar Loan program are automatically eligible.
- All installers certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (“NABCEP”) are eligible upon receipt of the Installer Questionnaire and cover page of your general liability policy.
- All others must be vetted and provide completed Installer Questionnaire, coverage page of general liability policy, and Master electrician license
Inquiries: Please send inquiries to SolarLoans@UMassFive.coop
Disbursement Schedule: Please provide us with the following documentation in order to initiate a disbursement.
|Event||Contract Signed||Permit Obtained||Connectivity Achieved|
|Documents Required||Contract, Shading Report/Analysis, Recent electric bill||Town-issued electrical and building permits||Authorization to Interconnect from utility, installation photo|
Understanding Credit Union Membership
UMassFive is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, and as such, can only make loans to members of the cooperative. All borrowers on a MySolar Loan from UMassFive must be members prior to any loan disbursal. If there are joint applicants on the Solar Loan, both borrowers must be members. We can pre-approve your client at any time, but no funds can be disbursed prior to them becoming members.
Membership in UMassFive is available to everyone. Eligibility is available to the employees, students, alumni, or members of select employer groups, schools, and associations. Family members of eligible members may also join the Credit Union. So, if your parents, grandparents, children, spouse, or siblings are eligible to join UMassFive, so are you. Click here for membership eligibility information.
If your client does not meet the criteria above all they will need to do is join a sponsoring organization first. This can be done for as little as $35 by joining the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA). For a little more, they can join the River Valley Co-op, Leverett Village Co-op, or other sponsoring organization. CISA has an online membership application, while a River Valley Co-op membership application can be found online and mailed in. Both River Valley Co-op and the Leverett Food Co-op accept in-person applications as well.
The project will be eligible for funding once each borrower has purchased a $5 share in the Credit Union. The share will be maintained in a savings account and entitles them to all the services of the Credit Union...like getting a solar loan!