This is a very common term in solar construction and project development. However, if you asked for a definition you would get a diverse array of answers. To most, value engineering means lowest initial equipment cost. WSE values a solar array differently. Sure, a low initial cost is one of the drivers, but the true value is achieved in the lowest combined cost of ownership. The true cost then is the initial cost plus the cost to operate and maintain the system over the useful life of the array.
One item that gets overlooked is the initial cost being subsidized by tax incentives. Sometimes up to 66% of the initial cost is returned to the original purchaser, while repairs or replacing failed equipment is not incentivized. Add to this any costs associated with financing and lost generation and the lowest initial cost can easily become the most expensive solar array to operate.
WSE’s definition of value engineering is… applying cost advantages from efficiencies and smart design to superior reputable equipment, materials and quality workmanship allowing for a longer, trouble-free investment.
In summary, Westcoast Solar Energy customers experience the lowest true cost in the business.
Over the years solar PV technology has changed greatly and Westcoast has successfully navigated this ever-changing landscape by sticking to a basic design credo: Use proven technology from reputable manufacturers and installing properly using advanced tools. WSE is not quick to jump on the latest bandwagon or deviate from their tried and true design credo. Simply stated, Westcoast Solar Energy will not allow their customers to become product testers for the latest whiz-bang solar gadget.