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Solar Power Pays Off in 10 Midwest Cities

May 12, 2017

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Just because you don’t live in the sunniest region of the U.S. doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from solar power. There is actually a lot of solar potential in several areas of the U.S., including the Midwest!

Real estate company Red Fin reviewed the financial payback for residential solar power in the Midwest, and ranked the top cities where it makes financial as well as environmental sense to take the solar plunge. See the original post here.

While the initial cost of solar panels can seem costly (ranging anywhere between $15,000 and $40,000), the panels will eventually pay for themselves over time since the use of solar energy can greatly reduce the cost of utility bills.

Solar panels can alsoincrease the value of a home. “Buying a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value. A recent study found that solar panels are viewed as upgrades, just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, and homebuyers across the country have been willing to pay a premium of about $15,000 for a home with an average-sized solar array. Additionally, there is evidence that homes with solar panels sell faster than those without,” according to the Department of Energy.

Redfin teamed up with Sun Number to rank the largest Midwestern cities for solar power potential. Sun Number is a U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot-funded startup that has developed a patented, automated process for analyzing the solar potential of rooftops using a Sun Number scale from 1 to 100. “Sun Number scores make it easy for homeowners and homebuyers to understand the solar potential of their current or future home, and Sun Number is committed to working with real estate companies like Redfin to make the scores widely available,” says Sun Number co-founder David Herrmann.

To come up with the list, Sun Number looked at the largest Midwestern cities in the Midwest region and ranked them by each location’s Sun Number. Redfin then looked at those areas to show that the listings in these cities that mention “solar power” sell at a price premium when compared to listings that don’t mention “solar power.”

Here is the ranking for the 10 largest U.S. cities in the Midwest region for solar power potential:

1. Columbus, OH

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings: $ 160,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings: $ 239,000
Average Sun Number: 82

2. Chicago, IL

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:   $ 195,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:   $ 303,500
Average Sun Number: 80

3. Madison, WI

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:  $ 206,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:  $ 237,500
Average Sun Number: 78

4. Dayton, OH

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:  $ 108,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:  $ 181,250
Average Sun Number: 78

5. Cincinnati, OH

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:  $ 143,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:  $ 217,500
Average Sun Number: 78

6. Milwaukee, WI

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:  $168,151
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:  $220,000
Average Sun Number: 77

7. Indianapolis, IN

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings: $142,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings: $238,900
Average Sun Number: 77

8. Cleveland, OH

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:  $121,500
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:  $213,000
Average Sun Number: 76

9. Detroit, MI

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings: $76,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings: $185,400
Average Sun Number: 74

10. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Median Sale Price for Non-Solar Listings:  $208,000
Median Sale Price for Solar Listings:  $230,000
Average Sun Number: 73

To learn more about Sun Number, visit www.sunnumber.com.

NOTE: Keep in mind, not all homes are eligible for solar panel installation, so it is important to talk to a local solar panel company about the process and eligibility.

Read more about home solar power.


Topics: Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Solar Power, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities, Wind Power


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