For brokers and agents out there who work in rural areas where power is either not available, such as rural farms, ranches and remote access properties it is important to know your stuff regarding the solar energy market today. This subject may not apply to a lot of brokers and agents at this time but I assure you that if your intentions are to stay in the real estate business this subject will eventually arise. Solar power is the technology of obtaining usable energy from the light of the Sun. Solar Energy has been used in many traditional technologies for centuries and has come into widespread use where other power supplies are absent, such as in remote locations. Solar energy is currently used in a number of applications: including Heat and electricity. For commercial and industrial specialist it is important to know to a degree the use of Power Towers. Power towers use an array of flat, movable mirrors called heliostats to focus the sun's rays upon a collector tower being the target. The high energy at this point of concentrated sunlight is transferred to a working fluid for conversion to electrical energy in a heat engine, or in some instances, stored for nighttime usage, in order to provide a more continuous output. This actually is important if you are indeed working to increase your knowledge with commercial and yes, even residential land buyers. If you are working with buyers and sellers who want or need to use today's solar technology it is important to have within your resources information that will not only increase your awareness but also make a huge impression on your clients. After all knowledge is key when obstacles such as the lack of utilities come into play. For those who are working with large industrial or commercial buyers and sellers the solar power is even a bigger absolute to many of the factors involved with utility costs and underlined availability. Solar power is both a financially intelligent investment as well as an environmentally conscious one. Many solar power projects are cash-flow positive from day one, based on creative and widely available financing vehicles. Solar electric power is not dependant on the existence, development or maintenance of a fuel delivery infrastructure, nor is it dependant on the cost of fossil fuels. Solar electric power is a 100% renewable energy source. It provides the advantages of other distributed generation systems without the dependence on fossil fuels. Solar generation systems reliably power residential, commercial, industrial and many outside rural farms and ranches. More and more buyers are looking for the solar energy option and many agents today are not equipped with the information of today's alternative methods of obtaining power. Arizona as well as many other states have many fee simple parcels that are not close to power lines, etc. As these remote properties continue to sell the demand for solar power is highly increasing. Many elite resorts and ranches are now using solar power as a highly rewarded benefit to their fractional or full time buyers. In my opinion it is very rewarded when a broker or agent knows about this popular power alternative. It is also important to you as an agent to have solar professional contacts available so that your clients can deal directly with them as you do not want to take any liability about knowledge and facts outside of your profession. With these things in mind I encourage you to file the facts about alternative power resources so that you will be prepared for any questions that will arise to the benefit of your fuduciary. I would like to wish you all success in the future.
Tamra Lee Ulmer, Broker
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, Arizona.