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Zillow adds solar power scores to property pages

Portal highlights sometimes-overlooked property selling point
  • The 'Sun Numbers' that now appear on many Zillow property details pages are supposed to capture a property's solar power potential.

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Part of a real estate agent's job is to highlight a home's selling points. Now Zillow is shining a light on one property perk that professionals may sometimes overlook: a home's solar power potential. The listing portal has tacked on "Sun Numbers" to property detail pages for more than 40 million buildings. Sun Numbers now appear under the "facts" section of Zillow property details pages. The 0 through 100 scores -- which now appear under the "Facts" section of Zillow property pages -- show how solar-friendly a building is based on factors including regional climate, daily sun exposure and foliage coverage from nearby trees. The higher the score, the better suited a home is to solar panels. User can click the question mark next to a property's "Sun Number" to view a full breakdown of a score. "In the past, getting an accurate solar assessment for your home required a visit from a solar professional who would spend half a day up on your roof," said David He...