I am here in Florida... Just looked for "solar" or "green" - results were "Solar St" and "Green Ct"
In other words - these search options do not exist here...
Is good one for the suggestion box...
Tom Inglesby, Broker
ABR,CRS, EA S.T.A.R eco-broker
RE/MAX Equity Group Inc
Or you could try my website where key words are searched in each listing for any term you want. I just did a Master search for the word "Solar" and nailed down quite a few. This is not all of them but sure a far cry better than the typical site:
Check this map and than drag it around and as you do homes with Solar elements will come up!
Great question Tania and I am going to request that our Board of Realtors add that field as a searchable choice in the future.
All my best!
Re/max Hall of Fame
I want to point out to you that its not so easy to find solar-ready homes already existing. You might want to also know you can take advantage of available tax credits and have your home retro-fitted. check out this web site http://www.solarnoworegon.org
A typical solar water heating system costs $6,500â€“$10,000. For a solar electric system, the cost depends on the size of the system and the ease of installation, with an average cost range of $8,000â€“$11,000 for each kilowatt (kW) of capacity. However, incentives and tax credits can cover up to 70% of the cost for both types of systems.
Energy tax credits are available for residential taxpayers through Oregon Department of Energy and the federal government. In addition, cash incentives are available from Energy Trust of Oregon for eligible Oregonians. Water heating incentives are available to Oregon customers who heat their water with electricity from Portland General Electric or Pacific Power or gas from NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas. Solar electric incentives are available to Oregon customers of PGE and Pacific Power.
If you are located in an area not served by these utilities, cash incentives, rebates and financing may still be available to you. Go to Solar Oregon's incentives page to learn more.
Tax credits, incentives and financing are as follows:
Oregon and federal tax credits and Energy Trust incentives are subject to change. Please visit each organization's Web site to learn the most up-to-date information.
Solar Electric Solar Water Heating
Oregon: $3.00 per watt, up to $6,000 ($1,500 claimed per year over 4 years)
Federal: 30% of installed cost less cash incentives
Energy Trust incentive
Up to $20,000, based on rated capacity of solar panels in wattsDC
PGE customers: $2.25 per wattDC
Pacific Power customers: $2.00 per wattDC
Take advantage of low-interest rate, no-fee financing with GreenStreet Lending through Umpqua Bank (an Equal Housing Lender).
I hope this helps you...If you still want to look for homes with solar panels I'd have to (as would any agent) do a hands on custom search as our RMLS web site doesn't have a specific item we can indicate as homes with solar panels. The RMLS is constantly changing and updating its site so I anticipate it will be added eventually as they get more green-savvy.
Call me if you need assistance with your search. I don't mind at all going into depth with my service to my clients. Contact me directly (contact below) if you'd like my help!
June Lizotte, Real Estate Broker
Providing REAL Service
Prudential NW Properties
6400 SE Lake Rd., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97222
Unfortunately, since choosing to install solar panels is not yet mandated in most California cities, there are not enough homes with solar panels available for sale to constitute the development of a website or a subcategory in most MLS service sites here. I see, however, from the answers below, that you can search the MLS in your area, and look for mention of solar panels or pictures of panels.
As for new housing, I was surprised to learn that there were so few "green" housing projects in as environmentally conscious a state as Oregon. In reviewing the two major "green building" organizations, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Program at http://www.nahbgreen.org and the US Green Building Council (UGBC), the organization that provides the coveted "LEED" certification at http://www.greenbuildingcouncil.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147 there does not appear to be many homes that are "green" in Portland, Oregon. In fact, there are currently no NAHB green program participants in Oregon, and only a handful of homes that are LEED certified, and they are (with two exceptions) mostly custom built, single homes with green materials. Perhaps your question and those of others interested in green housing might spark a rise in more renewable housing materials and green homes in the future.
In the meantime, if you cannot find a home that you like with solar or PV (photo-voltaic) panels on your home, considering installing new panels at your current home. The new panels are more efficient, lightweight and skinnier than the previous versions, and, in many states, the installation of panels qualifies for energy rebates or tax credits, and in 2009, qualified PV projects can qualify for 30% tax credit on the home. If you're in the mood for something even "cooler", consider solar "shingles" for your home These lightweight PV shingles install on the home like regular roof shingles and, unlke the boxed PV panels, are hardly visible to the regular passerby. You can view more information about PV shingles at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/want_pv.html.
Good luck and thanks again for your question.
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
Web Reference: http://gracemorioka.areaprorealty.com
Realtors, like myself, can search specifically for homes with solar panels and other green features through their control panel with RMLS. They can then send you the homes that come up in a format that will let you look at the pictures, address, and other home details. It's pretty great, actually!
I suggest you research http://www.sunsmarthomes.com. The architect for those homes is reasonable, and available. She readily answers questions in a friendly and open manner, never up selling you....and providing good information that will suit your specific situation. We don't have a large enough market selection of these type of homes yet, but I am sure that will be coming and when it does it will be easier to search for this specifically and generically. But visit their website.....I think you will find it very helpful. And without obligation, you can communicate with Kathryn and Steve Gray. Great, honest souls.
I hope this is helpful!
Karla Divine, Broker
Divine NW REalty