soft costs


NREL: Solar Loans Cheaper For Consumers Compared To Third-Party Leasing

February 3, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Solar Loan Financing

Third-party ownership (TPO) has spurred a record level of distributed energy generation installations across America as homes and businesses lock in cheaper power costs without a large upfront expenditure – but that paradigm is about to change.[read more]

Plug and Play Solar: A Framework to Dramatically Decrease Solar Soft Costs

July 29, 2014 by Brian Vieweger

Plug and Play Solar and Soft Cost Reduction

At Intersolar North America this year, one of the unexpectedly interesting talks I attended was entitled Plug and Play Systems for Residential Rooftops. This probably sounds to most people like a gimmick. Plug and play solar panels have been around for a long time but have never been widely used.[read more]

Workflow Automation and Green Button Data Cut Soft Costs From Residential Solar

June 27, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar Energy and Information Innovation

The solar industry’s drive to reduce soft costs has produced a new variation on sales workflow automation. EnACT, a just-launched software-as-a-service (SaaS) for solar, aims to streamline interactions between potential customers and providers of residential solar or energy efficiency.[read more]

Soft Costs Reductions are Essential for Solar Energy Industry

December 23, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Solar Energy Soft Costs

What needs to be done to accelerate adoption of solar in the U.S.? The price of solar cells is continuously dropping and financing mechanisms are put in place to create affordable solar. Yet despite the seemingly obvious fiscal choice to switch to solar, it still remains an exceedingly hard sell.[read more]

It's Still Hard To Get A Grip On Solar Energy's "Soft Costs"

December 7, 2013 by Tina Casey

Solar Soft Costs

The last time we checked, solar cell hardware accounted for only half the cost of a typical solar installation. Well, that’s nothing. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has come out with two new studies demonstrating that non-hardware “soft costs” now account for a whopping 64% of the total.[read more]

How Can We Reduce Solar Soft Costs? Part 3: Lowering Customer Acquisition Costs

November 6, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Soft Costs

A lot of consumers express interest in solar, but close to 95% of those never follow through. It can cost thousands for a solar company to acquire each customer. That makes customer acquisition the largest portion of balance-of-system soft costs for solar.[read more]

How Can We Reduce Solar Soft Costs? Part 2: Lowering Labor Installation Costs

November 5, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Labor Costs

When it comes to reducing the soft costs of a renewable like solar energy, people often think about basic things such as permitting and customer acquisition. But there’s another important category to consider: installation labor costs.[read more]

How Can We Reduce Solar Soft Costs? Part 1: Streamlining Solar Permitting

November 4, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

It’s no news to anyone in the solar industry that although module costs have plummeted, soft costs for solar -- like permitting, installation, and customer acquisition -- have remained high in the U.S. At over 50% of system costs, our soft costs are twice those in Germany.[read more]

Solar Energy Friendly Communities Help Mitigate Soft Costs

July 30, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Despite the solar industry's best efforts, solar power remains unavailable to hundreds of communities across the country. The simple question is: Why? The answer lies in two words: soft costs, including permitting, inspection, connection, and other indirect costs.[read more]