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About Us

Solar Design Studio is an Engineering, Procurement, Consulting and Construction (EPCC) firm that specializes in solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage solutions.

From our headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, we service:

  • Solar project developers
  • PV equipment distributors
  • Solar integrators
  • Utilities and grid operators
  • Architectural firms
  • General contractors
  • PV project owners
  • Property management companies

A Brief History of Solar Design Studio

Our managing partner and founder, Bob Solger, originally launched The Energy Savings Store in 2003 and the Solar Design Studio in 2009,  with one simple goal. He wanted to help residential and commercial customers receive optimal returns from their clean power investments. Meeting this objective required seamlessly integrating financial management, energy efficiency, PV engineering and design, solar installation, and architectural knowledge under one umbrella.

Over the years, we’ve consistently delivered on this promise, helping to design, build, finance, and manage more than 2,500 projects across:

  • Solar power
  • Energy storage
  • Microgrids
  • Solar heating and cooling
  • Wind energy

How Our Renewable Energy Mission Has Evolved

While our primary focus remains renewable energy engineering and design, we are fully capable of providing turnkey solutions for a broad range of projects within the green vertical.

Our full list of clean power capabilities includes:

  • Financial feasibility studies
  • Business consulting
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Technology application consulting
  • Project permitting and regulatory paperwork
  • Utility consulting
  • Energy efficiency and auditing
  • Off-grid power
  • Green incentives
  • Project financing
  • Training and development
  • Project Management
  • Project Commissioning

True to our founding principles, we remain committed to helping residential and commercial clients enjoy the greatest energy savings at the lowest possible cost. However, that mission now also encompasses manufacturing, utility, and solar integration clients who require expert business consulting and design services to meet their own clean power goals.

In addition, our service area has also expanded to include all of North America, Europe, and scattered nations around the globe.

Unmatched Solar Expertise and Qualifications

Since launching our first company in 2003 and our second in 2009, Solar Design Studio has emerged as Kansas City’s most experienced and trusted clean energy authority. As a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer with professional engineering licensing, we have been involved in design and deployment of more than 30 MW of installed solar capacity across more than 2,500 separate PV projects.

And we owe much of this success to the incredible support Solar Design Studio continues to receive through its partnerships with:

  • SEIA – the Solar Energy Industries Association
  • MOSEIA – the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (Founding Board Member)
  • USGBC – the US Green Building Council (Kansas City Chapter Member)
  • The Heartland Renewable Energy Society

About Our Founder and Managing Partner

None of the above accomplishments would have been possible without our Bob Solger. Under his leadership, Solar Design Studio has grown from humble beginnings in the greater Missouri and Kansas region to become the international renewable energy presence that it is today.

Bob brings numerous qualifications to the table, including extensive solar industry experience and a number of advanced degrees. If you’d like to learn more about our managing partner and founder, be sure to read Bob’s detailed biography here.

To learn how Solar Design Studio can help you achieve your green energy goals, contact us today for a free consultation.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I have researched adding PV to my home for several years and have met with several PV providers in the KC area and they tend to fall into two broad categories, the new and low budget operators who got into this to ride the wave and are not that knowledgeable, and the commercial providers who have little interest in working with a homeowner and are geared to providing a much larger system where some economy of scale must come into play. Both my wife and I are architects and we wanted something different and it was challenging to find someone who was interested in doing something out of the ordinary. Neither or those types were interested in working with us as we were trying to create something a bit different. they each wanted to sell us their pre-configured solutions.

 

Fortunately we found Bob Solger. He has been a delight to work with and is incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. We wanted to create a solar carport that would provide cover and protection for our cars, but would also provide shade over part of our patio. In essence, the big idea was to create an outdoor pavilion, when, if we wanted to entertain we could move the cars out of the way and have a large covered area for an outdoor gathering. We had selected the Lumos brand of solar panels as they have a very clean look and are partially transparent so some light filters through the panels creating a mottled light pattern on the ground, similar to the shading from a tree. In addition, the system is set up to hide the majority of the connecting wires in the support beams so when you look up at the underside of the PV roof you see a very clean look. Bob recognized our goal and worked with us to ensure the project’s success. Bob identified a structural engineer to design an elegant support structure and found a fabricator to build it affordably. Finally he connected us with a contracting team to clear the space, provide the footings, retaining walls, and pad, who were every bit as careful with everything as you would hope. They were amazingly accommodating to every request and understood that there were a lot of competing challenges that needed to be resolved so we could fit this all in to a very tight location and make it look like it belongs.

 

The bottom line is that it all turned out better than we could have hoped and while it did cost more than the low ball bids received from some of the low budget operators, it was less than the commercially focused suppliers, and more importantly we got the design we wanted and a well-constructed PV carport that will give us great delight for years to come. The best part is of course the savings on our electric bill, which thus far has been averaging around $200/month. So not only do we have a new carport and entertainment patio that our neighbors have been stopping by and admiring (which given that we live in the older Brookside neighborhood and our PV carport is quite modern, we were much relieved) but, our electric bills have been in the under $10/month range.

 

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Bob and his knowledge and team for helping to create an amazing PV carport for us. I’m sure you would be delighted with whatever you engage him to help you with.

Dev & Sue Malik

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