Speeding the Energy Transition
April 12, 2022

Barklie Estes, President of Nova Solar| A Culture of Quality in Residential Solar Ep.81

Barklie Estes, President of Nova Solar| A Culture of Quality in Residential Solar Ep.81

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Solar is a want, not a need. 

For that reason, solar contractors must find a way to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, delivering excellent customer service and making each install as efficient as possible. 

So, what can a residential solar company do to promote a culture of quality and ownership among its employees? 

Barklie Estes is President of Nova Solar, Inc., a residential solar company out of DC, Maryland and Virginia. With 15-plus years of experience in solar technologies and installations, Barklie's team is on a mission to create sustainable, cost-effective energy solutions in their communities. 

On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Barklie joins Tim to explain what makes installing solar an inherently difficult job, and how he works to make his employees' lives easier. 

Barklie discusses why ALL Nova Solar employees spend time in the field (himself included) and how a focus on efficiency allows his team of 9 to do 180 installs per year. 

Listen in for insight around the mounting and racking technologies Barklie prefers and learn how consumers benefit from the commitment to quality and collaborative culture at Nova Solar.

Key Takeaways

What the residential solar market is like in the DC, Maryland and Virginia corridor

Why Barklie's team leads with savings when they sell residential solar

How Nova works with Solar United Neighbors of Virginia to promote solar-friendly legislation

The 2 key differentiators that set Nova Solar apart from its competitors

Why Barklie still does 2 or 3 installs a month as president of the company

What makes installing solar an inherently difficult job and how Barklie makes his employees' lives easier

Why ALL Nova Solar employees spend time in the field and how Barklie sets expectations when onboarding new team members

How a focus on efficiency allows Barklie's team of 9 to do 180 installs/year

How Barklie thinks about the soft costs of solar permitting and why it will be challenging but not impossible to get below $1/watt for solar in the US

How Nova Solar navigates the challenges of working with so many different jurisdictions and what state legislatures can do to promote standardization

Barklie's response to consumers who are nervous about their roof being compromised by solar

What mounting and racking technologies Barklie's team uses at Nova Solar

Connect with Barklie

Nova Solar 

Email info@novasolarinc.com  

Call (736) 679-8607

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Resources

Solar United Neighbors of Virginia

DOE Initiative to Reduce Soft Costs of Solar 

National Solar Permitting Guidelines

Midwest Solar Expo [Discount Code CPH15] 

Sponsor 

Clean Power Consulting Group

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