Leasing Into the Sun A Mixed Method Analysis of Transactions of Homes with Third Party Owned Solar

TitleLeasing Into the Sun A Mixed Method Analysis of Transactions of Homes with Third Party Owned Solar
Publication TypeReport
LBNL Report NumberLBNL- 1007003
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHoen, Ben, Joe Rand, and Sandra Adomatis
Date Published01/2017
Abstract

This analysis is the first to examine if homes with third-party owned (TPO) PV systems are unique in the marketplace as compared to non-PV or non-TPO PV homes. This is of growing importance as the number of homes with TPO systems is nearly a half of a million in the US currently and is growing. A hedonic pricing model analysis of 20,106 homes that sold in California between 2011 and 2013 is conducted, as well as a paired sales analysis of 18 pairs of TPO PV and non-PV homes in San Diego spanning 2012 and 2013. The hedonic model examined 2,914 non-TPO PV home sales and 113 TPO PV sales and fails to uncover statistically significant premiums for TPO PV homes nor for those with pre-paid leases as compared to non-PV homes. Similarly, the paired sales analysis does not find evidence of an impact to value for the TPO homes when comparing to non-PV homes. Analyses of non-TPO PV sales both here and previously have found larger and statistically significant premiums. Collection of a larger dataset that covers the present period is recommended for future analyses so that smaller, more nuanced and recent effects can be discovered.

Notes

Webinar Presentation PDF to be available in late March 2017

Summary of TPO Contracts Presentation PDF

A related survey of buyers, sellers, and realtors involved in TPO transactions in San Diego can be found here

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