Zillow Research Shows Increased Property Value with Solar Installation

Nicki Zvik, Founder of Green Solar Technologies, comments on the recent Zillow findings.

When presenting the benefits of solar energy, increased property value is often at the top of the list. But just how much does a solar panel system really help, and where does property value benefit the most?

According to recent research by real estate information company, Zillow, adding a solar system to a home can increase property value by up to almost 10%. Just as buyers are willing to pay thousands more for a renovated kitchen or bathroom, or well-landscaped backyard, buyers are also taking more and more notice to whether or not a home has installed a solar system.

Nicki Zvik, Founder of Green Solar Technologies, states, “Solar energy can quite literally save homeowners tens of thousands of dollars over the lifespan of the system, so when buyers see that a home has solar energy installed, they’re typically willing to pay more for the home up front in order to save more in the future.”

So where does solar cause the biggest stir? Zillow breaks down the top 10 states for increased property value with solar, and it goes as follows.

New Jersey
Pennsylvania
North Carolina
Louisiana
Washington
Florida
Hawaii
Maryland
New York
South Carolina

Though Zillow breaks down the top 10, that does not mean that other states don’t also generate considerable increases in property value. Zillow only breaks down the top states overall but doesn’t mention the top cities in other states. For example, installing solar in Los Angeles will increase a home’s property value just as much as it would in the state of New York, which can translate to over $10k due to the cost of living.

“Solar is never a bad investment,” shares Zvik, “Unless you live in an area that is cloudy and rainy 24/7, solar can always benefit homeowners. Fossil fuels are simply unable to compete with the price and efficiency of solar and utility companies are requiring more and more electricity to come from solar, which promotes net metering--another incredible financial benefit to solar. And as solar becomes more popular, it will actually be considered a disadvantage to sell a home without solar energy installed, so those who install solar sooner rather than later may reap more of a true benefit rather than simply avoiding a disadvantage in the future.”

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Nicki Zvik 2019