Recently the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s solar energy research and development program, the SunShot Initiative, announced a set of training projects in partnership with private organizations – one of which will develop free continuing education classes for real estate professionals and appraisers in 40 states to teach them the basics about solar energy, including how to value a solar array and how to market solar-powered homes.
Why is this so important? SunShot-funded research has shown that homes with resident-owned solar energy systems sell faster and for more money than other homes. Meanwhile, the number of solar homes in the U.S. is expected to surpass 1 million this year, so it’s increasingly important that real estate pros increase their solar knowledge so they can leverage the premium-boosting power of solar to sell or refinance these homes.
To help meet this need, the Energy Department is funding projects that will ensure that real estate agents, appraisers, and other professionals related to the real estate industry have the solar knowledge and training they need in order to provide the best service to their customers, and to accurately account for solar’s value as homes are sold.