Add value by building solar-ready homes

Solar-ready construction makes it easy for a homebuyer to install solar panels when the time is right, and is a great way for trade allies to add value to homes at minimal cost. The process involves preparing the home for solar panels, ensuring adequate roof space for a system, installing conduit and leaving room for solar components.

Solar can help homeowners reduce their energy costs, and according to a study by Lawrence Berkeley Labs, a solar system can add approximately $12,000 to the value of a newly built home.

Solar-ready construction is becoming popular among builders in Oregon as more buyers are interested in generating their own clean energy.

For Mike Frey, vice president of Noyes Development Co., building solar ready is a simple, smart move that’s in line with his company’s commitment to quality construction. “We do a lot of things in our homes that are related to quality, longevity and efficiency, and the solar-ready piece is just another benefit we can offer,” said Frey. “For little to no cost to us—it’s mostly just coordination and time, trying to make sure we get the designs right and keep roof lines clear—building solar ready gives people the opportunity to have a fast, easy solar installation.”

Over the past few years, Noyes Development Co. has made solar ready a standard feature in its homes. The company built 19 solar-ready homes in 2014, 32 in 2015 and 35 in 2016. The company has also further simplified the solar process for buyers by partnering with SolarCity, an Energy Trust solar trade ally. You can find a list of Energy Trust solar trade ally contractors here.

For more information on available resources and incentives in your area, contact Energy Trust’s trade ally coordinator at 1.877.283.0698.