Selling your solar home:
Remember how overwhelmed you may have felt when you first started researching solar energy? This is how many potential homebuyers, who have never owned solar, may feel. If you’re hoping to get a higher price for your home by showcasing the solar, you’ll want to be transparent with potential buyers regarding it’s standalone value, the life left in the materials and their respective warranties (since those stay with the solar, not the owner) and you’ll want to help them see that the transition to owning a solar home is easy and uncomplicated.
Providing potential buyers with monthly energy savings data, documentation, material data sheets and user manuals is great because it will provide them with educational materials so they can learn about the system.
Once the home is sold, you’ll also want to provide the new home owners with instructions for next steps. They will need to know to contact Axium Solar when they are ready to get the monitoring in their name, need to access to the monitoring portal, how to file an interconnection agreement and learn about the system overall.
Articles and tools that offer ways to valuate your solar array:
- SEIA’s How Owning a Solar System Impacts My Home Value: A Guide to Valuing Residential Solar Energy Systems (circa, November 2017) – Click here
- This EnergySage article has some suggestions – Click here
- This Sunpower PDF – scroll down to the economics and market section – Click here
- Finally, there is a PV Value tool here. You have to register, but it will guide you through valuating your solar array.
Things to leave for the new home owners:
- Original drawings/blueprints
- Warranty paperwork
- Operations manuals
- Specs such as: Overall system size in kW and how many, what size and what kind of modules and inverters are installed.
- Date the system was last inspected and serviced.
- Communication devices (Envoy or similar) and/or information to gain access to the monitoring portal.
- How to contact Axium Solar for help and assistance.