Solar and Real Estate
It took 40 years before the one 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.
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 created two online Continuing Education courses and an online resource. Sign up here!
- For Real Estate Agents: Selling the Sun: Establishing Value for Solar Homes
- For Appraisers: Valuation Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Appraisers
- For Appraiser Regulators: Valuing Solar PV Without Sales Data? No Problem! An Overview of Tools and Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Valuations
Related Research & Reports
- Appraising Into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sales Analysis – This study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that home buyers across the country have been willing to pay a premium for a home with a homeowner-owned solar array. (Nov. 2015)
- Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings – This report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory helps solar and real estate advocates take the first step toward an improved process for listing, valuing, and closing these homes. The report supports a vision of industry stakeholders working together to make information about solar homes more accessible to home buyers and sellers. (Dec. 2016)
- Here Comes the Sun: The Value of Residential Solar – The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University examines the solar (PPV sector and recent research involved in accurately estimating any market premium for the systems at resale. (Nov. 2016)
- The Impact of Photovoltaic Systems on Market Value and Marketability – The Colorado Energy Office and the Colorado Chapter of the Appraisal Institute support the conclusions that PV systems typically increase market value and nearly always decrease the time a home is on the market. (May 2013)
- Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes – This study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory quantifies the value of rooftop PV on homes that sold across eight states and 15 years. (Jan. 2015)
- Solar Field Guide – This guide compiles solar PV resources such as studies, secondary mortgage market guidelines, and general descriptions of the systems and how they work, in one easy-to-access document. (Feb. 2017)
- A Study on the Residential Market Valuation of EPS and Solar PV in the Greater Portland and Bend, Oregon Markets – This study by the Energy Trust of Oregon finds that there is an increased market value associated with residential PV systems in the study area. (June 2014)
- EnergySage Solar Marketplace – This website is the leading solar research and shopping platform and is funded by the US Department of Energy, trusted by a range of prominent organizations and used by millions of consumers each year to help them go solar.