Sandia researcher Geoff Klise worked with Solar Power Electric™ to develop a tool that can be used to appraise photovoltaic installations on homes and businesses. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Consistent appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations are a real challenge for the nation’s real estate industry, but a new tool developed by Sandia National Laboratories and Solar Power Electric™ and licensed by Sandia addresses that issue. Sandia scientists, in partnership with Jamie Johnson of Solar Power Electric™, have developed PV ValueTM, an electronic form to standardize appraisals. Funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the tool will provide appraisers, real estate agents, and mortgage underwriters with more accurate values for PV systems.

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