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Bob Solger

Bob Solger Bio

Solar Design Studio’s founder and managing partner, Bob Solger, first entered the green space in 2003 when he launched the Energy Savings Store – a small firm specializing in the design, procurement, and installation of solar and wind systems throughout Missouri and Kansas.

As a result of Bob’s extensive knowledge in renewable power consulting and engineering, the Energy Savings Store eventually became the largest solar and wind provider in Missouri. The company also participated in several US Green Building Council (USGBC) projects that went on to achieve LEED Platinum and Gold Certification status. And by 2009, the Energy Savings Store was responsible for 1 MW of total installed renewable power capacity spread across 185 separate installations.

Shortly before selling the Energy Savings Store in 2010, Bob launched Solar Design Studio – an international firm that specializes in photovoltaic (PV) design, consulting, financing, and engineering.

Higher Education Credentials

Bob is a seasoned solar veteran who devotes the bulk of his time developing and managing PV projects for Solar Design Studio’s clients. However, he also understands the importance of sharing his unique experiences with those who are just beginning their clean energy careers.

In addition to managing Solar Design Studio full time, Bob also remains deeply involved in education, helping to train budding professionals in his capacity as a:

  • Solar and Wind Energy Adjutant Professor at State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO)
  • Solar PV Instructor at Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City, MO)
  • Solar PV Instructor at SAGE Group (Kansas City, MO)

Associations and Memberships

Bob credits much of his success to the ongoing support he receives as a member of several renewable energy organizations, including:

  • The Kansas City Chapter of USGBC.
  • The Heartland Renewable Energy Society and Solar Energy Subcommittee.
  • The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
  • The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA) – as a founding member and current board member.

In addition, he was previously a board member of the Metropolitan Energy Center.

Awards and Accomplishments

Over the years, Bob has earned numerous awards in honor of his lifelong dedication to solar energy. Some of his more recent accolades include:

  • MOSEIA’s 2011 Solar Pioneer Award for "Visionary Leadership and Dedication."
  • 2007’s Healthy Planet Green Hero of St. Louis.
  • SunPower’s first Premier Dealer in the Midwest.

Bob is always honored whenever his sustainability efforts receive the attention of industry peers. But his proudest accomplishments stem from the actual work itself, whether he is installing:

  • The first large commercial solar array in the Kansas City area.
  • The first commercial project in St. Louis to combine both solar energy and wind power.

As Solar Design Studio continues to fulfill its larger mission of greening the world, Bob hopes to add even more such “firsts” to his growing list of accomplishments.

To learn more about Solar Design Studio’s history under Bob Solger’s leadership, read our About Us page.

And if you’d like more information about how Solar Design Studio can help you achieve your own clean energy goals, schedule a free appointment with our sustainability experts today.

  • Designed 30 – 50 KW Microgrid systems for remote telecommunications applications totaling 1.5 MW of systems.
  • Designed off grid system for powering water tower site.
  • Prepared solar financial feasibility analysis, as well as designed solar pv systems for deployment to 47 low to moderate income housing sites.
  • Designed 75 KW Solar PV system for Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO.
  • Designed for Kansas City and Power Light (KCPL) 40 - 25 KW Solar PV Systems for deployment to City of Kansas City, MO government buildings.
  • Designed 13 - 25 KW Solar PV Systems for City of North Kansas City.
  • Designed multiple 25 KW Solar PV carport systems.
  • Designed several 1 - 2 MW solar projects for Solar developers in Maryland and Massachusetts.
  • Designed 6.5 MW solar project for North Carolina developer.
  • Developed solar leasing, solar leasing and Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) product offerings for EPC and solar integrators.
  • Financial feasibility studies for installing solar pv systems for low to moderate income housing projects and hospitality industry sites.
  • Microgrid deployment strategies for remote telecommunication sites.
  • Consulting service with large Investor Owned Utility (IOU) focusing on the financial impact of utilizing renewable energy.
  • Business consulting services with Midwest manufacturer of solar power equipment.
  • Strategic business, market development and technology application with one of Europe’s leading solar thermal equipment manufacturers and solar integration firms.
  • Business development, marketing and sales operations with several Midwestern solar integration firms.
  • Technology application services with a leading North American solar pv equipment manufacturer.
  • Financial feasibility validation services for the leasing and financing of solar projects to US based owners of projects.
  • Engineering and design services for both solar pv and solar heating and cooling systems.
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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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