Homeowners With Sigora Solar Systems Can Expect Higher Resale Values Thanks to New Partnership With Pearl Certification
Vienna and Charlottesville, VA — December 4, 2017
Pearl Certification is proud to announce that Sigora Solar has been accepted into Pearl’s prestigious Contractor Advantage Network. Sigora is the first solar installer in Virginia to receive this distinction.
“Sigora is dedicated to providing high-quality work and products to its customers,” said Sigora CEO Logan Landry. “There are products and processes that make a tremendous difference in the quality of residential solar installations that are not always visible to the consumer. Pearl certification gives our customers a way to recognize the full value of our work and recapture it when they sell their home.”
Charlottesvile, Virginia-based Sigora Solar has installed more than 20,000 solar panels on homes and businesses in central Virginia. Sigora is the only solar provider in Virginia that conducts an energy assessment on each home it works with, and makes energy efficiency improvements that lower the home’s energy usage.
“Pearl certifies installations and improvements made by Pearl Advantage Network contractors,” said Pearl President and COO Robin LeBaron. “Only a small number of elite contractors with a record of high quality work and customer service are accepted into the network. Sigora Solar’s commitment to quality and to making efficient improvements as well as installing solar PV makes it a perfect fit for the network. We’re delighted to work with them to help consumers capture the full value of solar and efficiency improvements in their homes.”
As a Pearl Advantage Network contractor, Sigora’s solar installations and energy efficiency improvements can now receive Pearl Certification. This recognition provides the homeowner a detailed record of a home’s high-performing features, including solar panels and efficient insulation, heating and cooling systems, ventilation and smart devices.
Earlier this year, an independent study found that homes marketed as Pearl certified sell for an average price that is 5% higher than similar, non-certified homes. Other national studies have found that solar PV installations can add an average $4 per watt of installed photovoltaic capacity to the sales price.
Pearl Certification was founded by energy efficiency and residential construction experts with a goal of a developing a simple way to help homeowners make their homes more comfortable, healthy and energy efficient. Pearl also works closely with real estate agents and appraisers so the energy efficiency improvements are visible at the time of sale, and add value to the home.
“Partnership with the real estate sector is central to Pearl’s success,” said Pearl CEO Cynthia Adams. “Buyers want energy efficient, healthy homes, and survey after survey shows they’ll pay more for them — but only if they have reliable investment-grade information about the home’s features. Pearl Certification reports and marketing materials provide this information, and our partnerships with brokerages and MLS’s ensure that agents have the training and tools to showcase it.”
Pearl has launched contractor advantage programs in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, DC, and is currently expanding to New York and Pennsylvania, with further expansion planned on the east and west coasts in 2018. The Vienna, Virginia-based firm, which has raised more than $3.5 million from private and institutional investors, was accepted into the prestigious National Association of Realtors Reach Accelerator program earlier this year.
Based in Charlottesville, Sigora Solar is the largest solar provider in Virginia. Founded in 2011, the privately-owned company ranks as one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies. It is the only solar provider in Virginia offering businesses and homeowners’ solar energy paired with energy efficiency, and no-money-down financing options. The company works with customers to reduce their energy bills, sustain the quality of their environment, and shape the future of energy production and conservation. Sigora Solar is the Official Solar Partner of Virginia Athletics. For more information, visit sigorasolar.com