Residential Job Costing for the Solar Industry

Residential Job Costing for the Solar Industry

I have been talking a lot about the intricacies of estimating on a commercial level and felt it is time to step back and look at a more residential-centric view. In past articles, I have talked about how much I dislike the price-per-watt metric. I see that the...
Balance of System Volatility and PV System Costs

Balance of System Volatility and PV System Costs

Hello esteemed readers!  As you know, the cost of solar electric systems has plummeted in recent years.  A decade ago when I started, the average cost per watt was an unbelievable $8 per watt.  Back then, different rebate programs were needed to drive the price down...
Just an Average Pipe: Pricing Out Conduit

Just an Average Pipe: Pricing Out Conduit

Rain is falling on our offices at Powerhouse, Oakland, California, which has me thinking. Wet roofs can be bad business.  Good foresight can make those days go smoothly.  The right team can save the non-roof work for rainy days. This includes things like hanging the...
Person-Hours vs. Time-It-Takes in Solar Estimating

Person-Hours vs. Time-It-Takes in Solar Estimating

How much time does it take?  Often the question an estimator finds themselves pondering.  There is a whole world wrapped into that question.  So today, we are going to unpack that.  I actually pointed to this topic a little in my last solar estimating conversation...