Green Building Community

Going Green: Homes with Solar Panels Sell for 4.1% More

ella.nielsen44 MA, United States 0 Ratings 6 Discussions 0 Group posts

Posted by: ella.nielsen44 // Student

Zilllow, a leading online real estate database company has recently been helping owners understand the benefits and potential of having solar panels on their home. A new Zillow analysis study demonstrated that homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than others nationwide within the past year.

During Earth Day this past April, Zillow put a Sun Number on more than 84 million homes across the United States in order to highlight the importance of solar potential. The Sun Number measures the roof of each home by calculating pitch, orientation, and size of each roof plane within a household. It gets computed within a 0-100 range, and the higher the score the more suitable solar energy can be installed on the house. 

The Sun Number provides a starting point for possible energy savings, which is not only good for the environment, but can lower the cost of a households energy bill.  Overall, having the Sun Number on houses that Zillow displays on their website increases the public’s awareness on solar power and the need to become more environmentally friendly. The second image above is an example of what a consumer may see on the Zillow Website, showing the Sun Number.

For more information, please see: and

Matt Hoots Atlanta, GA, united-states 4 Ratings 13 Discussions 7 Group posts

Matt Hoots // SawHorse Design + Build

That is good news. Hopefully the trend stays true so clients see the value on investing in their homes.


Please be kind and respectful!

Please make sure to be respectful of the organizations and companies, and other Rate It Green members that make up our community. We welcome praise and advice and even criticism but all posted content and ratings should be constructive in nature. For guidance on what constitutes suitable content on the Rate It Green site, please refer to the User Agreement and Site Rules.

The opinions, comments, ratings and all content posted by member on the Rate It Green website are the comments and opinions of the individual members who posts them only and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies or policies of Rate It Green. Rate It Green Team Members will monitor posted content for unsuitable content, but we also ask for the participation of community members in helping to keep the site a comfortable and open public forum of ideas. Please email all questions and concerns to