Value for High Performance Homes

Solar and Real Estate

It took 40 years before the 1 millionth solar photovoltaic (PV) residential system was installed in the United States, but according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) it is predicted that in just two more 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). 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 sale. (graphic courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative; click for full infographic)


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 an edge in the market. 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. Sign up here!

  • For Real Estate Agents: Selling the Sun: Establishing Value for Solar HomesRead more
  • For Appraisers: Valuation Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Systems for AppraisersRead more


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