2014-12-31 13:07:54 -0500
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According to a number of studies and reports, it would indeed seem that buyers have a preference for solar-equipped homes, particularly in cases where the former homeowner had purchased their panels. The presence of solar system has been shown to increase property values by about 3-4%, which also means that a home with panels could sell more quickly than one without.
As for a solar lease, the benefits are less clear. You would want to either get the new homeowner to take over the lease, or buy it out yourself (leasing companies will usually let you do this). A solar lease is not seen as an asset to the same degree as ownership of a solar system is, and may not add to property value.
You can read more about solar and property values here:
You can read more about what happens if you have a solar lease and want to sell your home here: