Study: Midwest houses significant solar potential (with a Top 10 list)


Cleveland rocks – and not only because it’s the home of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the NBA Champion Cavaliers and your humble correspondent. It has also been recognized as one of the Top 10 Midwestern cities for untapped solar potential, by a recently unveiled study.

The study, conducted by a national realty company Redfin Realty and Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative startup Sun Number, which has developed an automated system to determine the solar potential of homes, examined a region of the country that’s an often overlooked participant in the solar revolution.

Sun Number’s automated system provides a “Sun Number” between one and 100 to assess the solar potential for particular roofs. Armed with that information, homeowners and home buyers can assess how successful solar arrays would be on their current or future homes. The study only examined cities with an average “Sun Number” above 70.

The methodology for coming up with the list was simple. Sun Number examined the largest Midwestern cities in the region and ranked them by each location’s Sun Number. The Redfin scoured the real-estate listings in these cities that mention “solar power” to see if ones that mention solar sell for higher prices than those that don’t (spoiler alert: They do.).

But really, all you want to see is the Top 10 list – so here it is:

1. Columbus, Ohio

2. Chicago, Illinois

3. Madison, Wisconsin

4. Dayton, Ohio

5. Cincinnati, Ohio

6. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

7. Indianapolis, Indiana

8. Cleveland, Ohio

9. Detroit, Michigan

10. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

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