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San Diego #1 for Solar

After finishing second behind Los Angeles for three consecutive years, San Diego came in first place in the nation as the city with the most installed solar power.

Solar power increased 60 percent in San Diego in 2016, reaching 303 megawatts of installed photo-voltaic capacity, finishing 36 megawatts ahead of Los Angeles and almost 60 percent higher than Honolulu and San Jose, which finished third and fourth.

In the previous report, San Diego racked up enough installed capacity to power 47,000 homes. In the latest rankings, released Tuesday, the number grew to nearly 76,000 homes

Read more at: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/sd-fi-solar-report-20170403-story.html

Energy Efficient Upgrades can increase your home’s value

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home.

Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, they’re often willing to pay more for homes with “green” upgrades, says Sandra Adomatis, a specialist in green valuation with Adomatis Appraisal Service in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Just how much your home will increase in value depends on a number of factors, Adomatis says, like where you live, which upgrades you’ve made and how your home is marketed at sale time. The length of time to recoup the costs of green upgrades also depends on the energy costs in your area.

Will it add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for “green” home value questions; they are forerunners in green property appraisals.

In 2014, upgraded homes in Los Angeles County saw a 6 percent increase in value, according to a study from Build It Green, a nonprofit based in Oakland, California, that works with home professionals. Upgraded homes in Washington, D.C., saw a 2 percent to 5 percent increase in 2015, according to a study Adomatis authored.

Consumer Reports suggests that upgrades like a gleaming new kitchen or a finished basement may give you more bang for your buck than energy-saving features. But if going green appeals more than adding quartz countertops, here’s where you can begin.

FIND OUT HOW MUCH ENERGY YOUR HOME USES

Getting a quick energy assessment or a more thorough energy audit can determine how much energy your home uses, as well as which upgrades would make the most sense for your home and your finances. An audit may include an energy rating, a number that indicates how energy-efficient your home is and how much it will increase if you make recommended upgrades.

read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/how-energy-efficient-upgrades-can-increase-your-homes-value/2016/10/27/1cb549de-9c54-11e6-b552-b1f85e484086_story.html

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5 Common Myths about residential solar

The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has been promoting the adoption of residential solar power, and as of May 2016, there are more than more than 1 million solar installations generating electricity in the United States.

Will solar add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at http://www.scappraisals.com for your home value questions.

On the DOE blog, Odette Mucha, Technology Manager for the SunShot Initiative, debunked the top five myths about residential solar power that may be keeping homeowners from moving forward.

1. SOLAR PANELS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
  • In 42 of America’s 50 largest cities, financing a residential solar energy system actually costs less than purchasing electricity from a customer’s local utility. Studies show the cost of going solar has dropped every year since 2009. If you’d like to purchase your solar energy system, you don’t have to buy it in cash — there are a number of different financing options. Fannie Mae’s new HomeStyle® Energy mortgage is a mortgage option that gives borrowers the ability to complete clean energy upgrades up to 15 percent of the current appraised property value of the home. If you don’t want to take out a loan, third-party owned systems allow you to host solar energy systems that are owned by solar companies, then purchase back the electricity generated on your rooftop, while allowing you to lock in your electricity rate for years.
2. YOU CAN’T SAVE MONEY GOING SOLAR
  • Solar brings great potential to save money on your monthly utility bill. The amount you save depends upon how much electricity you consume, the size of your solar energy system, and how much power it is able to generate. The monthly amount owed on a solar loan is typically less than an average utility bill, and leased systems allow you to purchase the electricity back from a solar company at a discounted rate, which is often less than utilities charge customers. With utility bills trending upward, solar is likely to remain a good money-saving option for years to come.

read more at: http://www.proudgreenhome.com/articles/busted-5-common-myths-about-residential-solar/