Value for High Performance Homes

Solar and Real Estate

real-estate-sunshot-rotator1_0There are currently 1 million solar photovoltaic (PV) residential solar systems installed in the United States. It took 40 years to reach that number. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), it is predicted that in the next two years, one million more will be installed.

As more homes with solar go on the market, it’s important that solar installations are properly valued and accurately recorded in the multiple listing service (MLS) when a home is sold. This lays the groundwork for a virtuous cycle in which homeowners are eager to invest in renewable energy because they know that they can recover some or all of their investments at the time of the home sale (see graphic courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative at right; click for full infograhpic).

Education for Real Estate Professionals

Real estate professionals who understand the basics of solar and know how to market the benefits of an installation will have a market edge. For most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new frontier. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Elevate Energy is creating two online Continuing Education courses. Both classes will be available in May 2017.

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