The amount of solar energy connected to the national electric grid has increased more than 20-fold since 2008. As solar use has grown, technology development, commercialization and the scaling of manufacturing processes have all helped drive down solar hardware costs, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).
These soft costs comprise as much as 64% of the total cost of a new solar system, according to the DOE, and make up the largest component of any installation.
5 Ways ERP Reduces Solar Soft Costs
Here are five ways that a unified, BeyondERP built for the solar industry helps installers effectively reduce their projects’ soft costs and improve their profitability on every project.
1. Replaces widely-used, off-the-shelf software.
2. Provides reliable, real-time data.
3. Breaks down information silos.
4. Integrates all aspects of the installation business.
5. Supports scale and growth.
Optimized for residential and commercial solar installers of any size, AI-Solar helps installers successfully leverage the rapid decline in hardware costs over the last decade with soft-cost reductions that improve margins even as overall installation costs decline.