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Google just made its largest renewable-energy investment — in solar. But how can individual investors get in on the action?

March 6, 2015 | Tim Newell, SolarCity's Vice President of Financial Products

Editor’s Note: Tim is SolarCity’s Vice President of Financial Products. He is leading a SolarCity initiative to open the door for all investors to participate in the growth of solar in the U.S. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Common Assets, a financial technology company acquired by SolarCity in 2013.

Google just made its largest investment ever in renewable energy when it committed $300 million to a SolarCity investment fund to finance rooftop solar installations for U.S. homeowners. The SolarCity investment fund is expected to finance $750 million of solar projects – making it the largest of its kind ever created for residential solar power – and is intended to cover the upfront costs of installing solar for thousands of homeowners across the U.S., enabling them to pay less for solar power than they pay for electricity generated by fossil fuels.

Google is just the latest of many companies making big investments in the U.S. solar sector, an industry that’s seeing rapid growth. The Solar Energy Industries Association anticipates that the United States will double its solar capacity over the next two years.

While the average investor can’t make the kind of investment Google just announced, you don’t have to be a giant corporation or an investment fund to put your money behind solar. In addition to partnering with large investors such as Google, SolarCity has opened the door for everyone to participate in the growth of solar through Solar Bonds.

Solar Bonds pay attractive interest rates, and are available to any U.S. investor who’s at least 18 and has $1,000 to invest. All they have to do is go to the Solar Bonds website, sign up for an account, and transfer funds into it. Alternatively, investors can choose to purchase Solar Bonds through their brokerage account or IRA, or through their investment advisor.

Earnings on the bonds come from SolarCity and the payments made by tens of thousands of SolarCity’s customers around the country. Solar Bonds help bring solar to more homeowners while earning interest for individual investors, giving everyone a way to participate in solar.

That means the average homeowner can have solar panels installed on their roof, and the average investor can help finance those panels … and reap the financial rewards, too.

Learn more at Solar Bonds.

This article originally appeared on the SolarCity Blog.

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