US-based PV installer, REC Solar has adopted HelioScope Design Software’s design and modelling suite to reduce soft costs and shorten project timelines.
REC Solar said that the cloud-based software, developed initially by Folsom Labs would help expand its business in the overlooked mid-market commercial sector that includes PV installations in the range from 100kw to 500kw.
“Reducing soft costs through standardization of design and sales is key to growing the mid-market segment,” said Mark Bettis, VP of Sales and Marketing at REC Solar. “Tools like HelioScope help us reduce these costs by allowing our sales team to generate quality commercial proposals three times faster than before. This is a critical step towards developing a quick and standardized sales process like those that have been so successful in generating explosive growth in the residential solar market.”
The software is said to combine Google Maps-integrated design tools with a sophisticated physics engine to streamline workflow for system engineers. Both sales and engineering teams can use the same tools to speed project business.
PV project soft costs are being targeted by various US government programs in an effort to drastically cut the LCOE for all market segments.