03 May '11, 10am

Report: Homebuyers willing to pay premium for #solar

Okay, I’m a little slow on the uptake on this but I’ve been pursing a recent report from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory on the effect of installing a rooftop solar array on the sale price of homes in California. (It makes for dense reading and unless you’re really into “hedonic pricing models” and “difference-in-difference model,” you might want to stick with the two-page summary .) The upshot: California homes that sport solar panels sell for a $17,000 premium for an average newish 3.1-kilowatt photovoltaic array. “This is a sizable effect,” Ryan Wiser, a staff scientist at the Lab and a coauthor of the report, said in a statement. “This research might influence the decisions of homeowners considering installing a PV system and of home-buyers considering buying a home with PV already installed.” Similar studies have been done previously, but the Berkeley report is apparentl...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-04-28-report-homebu...

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treehugger.com 04 May '11, 7pm

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PREMIUM PRICES PAID FOR EXISTING SOLAR HOMES.

green-energy-news.com 15 May '11, 3pm

PREMIUM PRICES PAID FOR EXISTING SOLAR HOMES. by Bruce Mulliken, Green Energy News Few Americans keep their homes long eno...