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Everything Solar: Commercial Roofing Goes Solar

Everything Solar: Commercial Roofing Goes Solar

As solar technology benefits from continued research and innovation in materials and manufacturing practices, the paradigm is shifting. New commercial roofing systems function both as solar panels and as the roof itself, combining construction costs to save building owners even more money.

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Everything Solar is Your Turn-Key Solar IoT Solution

Everything Solar is Your Turn-Key Solar IoT Solution

Internet of Things technology is cutting-edge, which makes it both attractive to consumers yet also sometimes hard to fully understand. What does a solar IoT building look like?

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Electric Vehicle Charging: A Smart Addition to Your Everything Solar Package

Electric Vehicle Charging: A Smart Addition to Your Everything Solar Package

For solar consumers who already own or are considering purchasing an electric vehicle over the life of their solar energy system, solar vehicle charging is a smart addition to a solar home.

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Maximize Your Solar Experience: Introducing Everything Solar

Maximize Your Solar Experience: Introducing Everything Solar

Everything Solar is a new strategy that enables our clients to maximize their investment in solar PV and battery storage by using solar energy more efficiently to power their home or commercial, residential, or industrial building. By focusing on comprehensive solar technology solutions such as the Smart Home and the Internet of Things (IOT), we’re working to make them more accessible and understandable to solar consumers.

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Solar for Low-to-Moderate Income Housing is a Win-Win Investment

Solar for Low-to-Moderate Income Housing is a Win-Win Investment

Recent studies and pilot projects are making the case for more renewable energy installation in low-to-moderate income housing developments. We take a look at some of the factors that are encouraging this much-needed paradigm shift:

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Solar Project Partnership Powers Low and Moderate-Income Housing

Solar Project Partnership Powers Low and Moderate-Income Housing

We’ve been honored to work in partnership with the Westside Housing Organization on the restoration of an historic property in Kansas City’s Northeast neighborhood, because we believe that renewable energy should be available to everyone. Learn more about this inspiring project:

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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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