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Valuation Resources for Photovoltaic Systems Education Schedule (PDF)

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Photovoltaic systems, also called PV systems, generate electricity from the sun. When added to a property, PV systems can power home appliances, lights, air conditioning, cell phones, and other electrical devices. There are over one and a half million households, nearly a 2% residential adoption rate, in the United States with solar energy systems and the number of solar installations is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.

For most appraisers, however, developing the value of solar is a new frontier. But as the demand grows for appraisers who can properly value solar homes, forward-thinking appraisers will have a market edge. They’ll be able to differentiate themselves from their peers by serving as a local source of information on solar.

Module 1: The PV System and its Appraisal Challenges
Module 2: Decoding Utility Bills
Module 3: Accuracy and the PV Appraisal
Module 4: Resources for Appraisers

After satisfactorily completing the program, you will be able to:

  • List the components of a solar PV system and the appraisal challenge it presents.
  • Analyze utility bills to arrive at an accurate kilowatt-hour (kWh) cost.
  • Illustrate the importance of accurate solar PV system characteristics.
  • List studies, education, and resources regarding solar PV valuation.

Please note that participants must complete 2 mandatory assignments in the program. CREDIT WILL NOT BE GIVEN until the assignments are satisfactorily completed. The instructor may ask for a re-submission of an incomplete assignment. Please allow up to 5 days for the instructor to review an assignment. You may request expedited review by contacting the instructor.

AI CE Credit for Designated members and Practicing Affiliates

  • Attend Only = 15 points

Valuation Resources for Solar Photovoltaic Systems by the Appraisal Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This material is based upon work by Elevate Energy supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007322.

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This class is for appraisers who have a basic understanding of how PV systems work and understand appraisal methodology.

This class does not address all aspects of PV valuation and only addresses host-owned PV systems. To learn more about leased systems, power purchase agreements, community-shared solar, and for a more in-depth explanation of the parts and pieces of a PV system, consider taking Residential & Commercial Valuation of Solar.

Required Technology
None Specified.

Recommended Text
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AI Price: $ 49.00
Full Price: $ 58.00

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Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA

I agree to the terms and policies set forth under the Appraisal Institute Online Education Policy. I also certify that I am the person identified above under Personal Data and that I will personally complete each assigned module of instruction and any examination(s). I understand and agree that if I misrepresent my identity or arrange for someone else to represent himself or herself as me at any time during the Appraisal Institute online course or seminar, I will be immediately removed from the course or seminar and I will not be entitled to any refund. I further understand that if I am a member of the Appraisal Institute and participated in any misrepresentation of identity, by affirmative act or failure to act, that I will be the subject of a peer review proceeding under Regulation No. 6 for violation of the Appraisal Institute's Code of Professional Ethics and Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice, and that such peer review proceeding may result in termination of my Appraisal Institute membership.

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Please allow 1 hour after registration to start an online session in progress (on or after the session start date). Go to and log in with the username and password you used when you registered. You will automatically be taken to the "My Appraisal Institute" page. Near the middle of that page your course will be listed with a link next to it that says "Go To Class".

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