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Regardless of the housing market's current state, installing clean energy systems can be an excellent way to increase your home's value. Homes equipped with solar panels, for example, sell twice as fast for about 3%-4% more than they otherwise would, but this increase in value is not reflected in assessed value, so you don't have to pay higher taxes. And even if you don't plan to sell your home anytime soon, you will still get great savings on your energy bills, which also can't be taxed. Here’s a blog post on the topic: http://www.energysage.com/blog/granite-countertops-or-solar-panels
Aug 13, 2012