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About Us

Solar Design Studio is an Engineering, Procurement, and Consulting (EPC) firm that specializes in the engineering and design of distributed generation solutions comprised of solar photovoltaic (PV), battery storage and other power generation components to create microgrids.

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

  • Solar project developers
  • PV equipment distributors
  • Solar installers
  • Utilities and grid operators
  • Architectural firms
  • General contractors
  • PV project owners
  • Property management companies
  • Energy Services Companies (ESCOs)
  • Real Estate Developers

As a company, we are not an internet-based solar design or drafting service. We understand the application of products and how the National Electric Code (NEC) and other building codes impact solar designs for permitting and utility submittal. Often clients come to us because of adverse experience with internet-based providers who lack a detailed understanding of the codes and how to properly apply solar products. These experiences are costly to installers because of rework and delays. As a NABCEP Certified Solar Installer, we are committed to processes that enable us to deliver a quality product to our client base.

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 2,800 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, the Solar Design Studio has emerged as Kansas City’s most experienced and trusted clean energy authority. As a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer who leads a team of professional engineers and design associates, we have engineered and design more than 4,000 separate PV, Energy Storage and Microgrid projects.

And we owe much of this success to the incredible support Solar Design Studio continues to receive through memberships in:

  • NABCEP – North American Board of Energy Practitioners
  • SEIA – Solar Energy Industries Association
  • MOSEIA –Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (Founding Board Member)
  • ARSEIA – Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Kansas Clean Energy Business Network

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

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


I have had the pleasure of working with Bob for several years. In the beginning, Bob taught me important basics. Over a short period of time I was equipped with the language and tools to develop projects which resulted in more than 7 million dollars of sales. Over the past 5 years Bob has been a tremendous resource handling everything from initial ROI analysis to system design, rebate/ utility paperwork, city permitting, material sourcing, and final project paperwork. I can truly say Solar Design Studios played a major role in my success.

A sincere Thank You!

Nathan Clausen


Bob Solger is Mr. Solar to the Kansas City region. With a passion to forge change and be green well before it was cool to do so, Bob has led the regional market as an engineer and spokesperson for the adoption of solar energy. He completes his projects professionally and continues to inspire by teaching others how to get the most from solar installations.

Ace Wagner