Why Addin' Solar?
If you’re skeptical about whether installing a solar system in your home or business makes economic sense, you’ve got good reasons. Savings projections made by most installers are inaccurate and, therefore, misleading to an unadequate system design.
First, these estimates often do not properly account for the Time Value of Money, which is the power of your dollar today versus its power in the future. The longer the term of your solar lease or financing arrangement (often 20 to 30 years), the greater the difference in values. As a result, estimated savings are often unrealistic.
Second, these estimates also misrepresent the average cost of electricity delivered by your power company. Intraday and seasonal variations in electric rates mean there may be periods when your solar power is more expensive than the electricity delivered by your local utility. During these times your solar system will be wasting, not saving, your money.
It’s no surprise that installers wrongly reason that the more solar electricity your system generates, the higher the return on your investment will be. The only accurate prediction in this case would be that the bigger the solar system, the higher the profit for installers there is.
The good news is that a properly optimized, grid-tied installation may produce a significant economic return on your investment. For that, however, a qualified party having right expertise is for rate optimized system design and whose compensation does not depend on the size and cost of the installation, should be entrusted with design and installation of your solar system.
You may ask “How Is it really possible?” The answer is: Integrated Project Management. It is an efficient means for executing a unique, time-constrained project (e.g., installation of your home or business solar system) that is widely applied in the energy industry. IPM involves the temporary organization of necessary resources and specialists to design, plan, budget, and execute a specific project. A key attribute of IPM is the minimization of overhead expenses by temporarily deploying qualified (though expensive) personnel, machinery and other resources instead of keeping them on staff.
Addin' Solar is not per se a typical "solar installation contractor company". It is an IPM services provider. Before we’re hired for your solar project, we’ll assess your property, conduct a feasibility evaluation and propose one or more options for your consideration. Once hired, we will formulate a plan and budget for your approval, specifying every work, material, supply and associated costs. We’re not in the business of hardware reselling and don’t mark up supplies or subcontractor services, so you’ll see what you get for your money and pay only for the actual cost of any resource utilized.
After you’ve approved the plan and authorized expenses, we will manage all facets of execution, including: coordination of permitting, inspections, grid tie-in and acceptance; procurement of materials and supplies; and supervision of installation. Our compensation is a fixed management fee based only on the project locality and system complexity.
The IPM approach to your solar system installation will save you money upfront and maximize your rate of return resulting in a tangible economic benefit. Please contact us with your solar power needs, and we’ll prove that going solar now can be much less costly and much more profitable than you think.
Alexi Papkov, Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering, has 30+ years in well engineering and oil field project management. Realities of current residential and commercial solar installation practices have led Dr. Papkov to realize that there is a great potential for increasing economic efficiency of solar installations. This potential is exploited by applying the IPM practices for cost control and system optimization for the highest economic return. Possessing expertise in project economics, discounted cash flow analysis, risk management, as well as engineering and operations management, Dr. Papkov is the leader of this company and is involved in every project's engineering, planning and execution.
Jack Kerish, B. S. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering, has 30+ years in electrical and mechanical engineering, along with management of manufacturing of electronic and mechanical products. Mr. Kerish has designed and built custom and roof mounted photovoltaic systems and is well versed in the solar project management. Mr. Kerish is the Technical Director of the Addin' Solar company.
In order to keep the cost of our projects minimal, we outsource the required resources on per project basis. Outsourcing is an important element of IPM as it helps to mobilize only the resources needed for a particular project, engage the right suppliers and contractors, and to keep our company's overhead low. A result: a much lower cost without compromising the quality of your solar system.