Rooftop solar panels increase home values

It has been widely assumed that having rooftop solar panels installed on a house increased the value and sales price of a house, but now there is hard evidence from a large study confirming that assumption.

The study, conducted by Berkeley National Laboratory in California for the U.S. Department of Energy and others, concluded that an ordinary size house with rooftop solar panels  gained an average of $17,000 in resale value over homes without solar panels.

So in addition to giving homeowners energy security, energy independence and protection from energy rate increases, solar panels will almost pay for themselves when the house is sold.

About the Author

Mark H. Witte is a strong proponent for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and believes individuals should have more control over how the energy for their homes is produced.