There is no such thing as a free lunch, but free solar panels are a reality.
The “Free Solar” business model, also referred to a “solar leasing” and “pay as you go”, has been popular in the =United States, only recently coming to fruition here in Australia.
This approach to going solar encourages businesses [and residence alike] to by-pass the road block of expending the capital for installing a solar system.
The free solar model works by having the owner/installer of the panels and system to install on the business rooftop for free.
The business owner will save by paying a much reduced fee for the energy used [especially during the day when solar is generating electricity] for the specified term of the agreement.
Additionally, the business owner is not financially responsible for any maintenance and/or repairs to the system.
It’s very common for the owner of the system to want to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the business owner.
When you get 3 commercial solar proposals, query each of them about financing options, including the free solar model.