BluePond is proud to offer some of the most competitive pricing in the industry. While we might not win every bid, we will win most, and that is because of the value we provide. We consistently offer the best prices combined with leading design and technology selection. BluePond designs systems that exceed code. We don’t only know the code, we know how to beat it. We also ensure that our systems are fully optimized, ensuring the highest performance coefficient possible.
We will always communicate our honest assessment to all customers. If our initial assessment demonstrates that a particular installation isn’t feasible due to any factor, we will communicate that directly to the customer immediately. We will never install a grid-tie system that demonstrates a TOF (tilt-orientation factor) of less than 75 percent. Moreover, we will not install systems on sites that have excessive shading issues. We do this to not only protect the client, but also to ensure the emission-reduction gains that are available through the installation of PV modules are actually realized. The installation of modules on sub-optimal structures is not in the best interest of anyone.
Pricing is influenced by a number of factors, with scale being the most important. It is intuitive to understand the difference in economies of scale between a small residential system and a utility-scale system in the megawatts. The smallest grid-connect system we will install is in the 3.8-5kW range, but this depends on whether or not the installation will take place outside geographic centres or not. While we design and build grid-connect and off-grid systems in remote parts of BC and Alberta, the determining factor in whether it is feasible or not depends on the ratio of scale to fixed travel costs. Of course, off-grid systems have a different set of criteria when evaluating whether a system is a viable proposition or not. Please give us a call at 1-888-260-0302 to discuss the feasibility of your project with us.
With respect to the structures we install on, obstructions are often the greatest barrier to achieving the lowest cost-per-Watt. Sometimes we have to deal with flues, vents, and stacks that require us to design systems that include landscape orientated modules or complex layouts. Furthermore, we might construct arrays on different sections of roof. These factors can influence cost. Ground-mount installations can provide higher yields, while also being scaleable, but will likely demonstrate a higher cost-per-Watt compared to a similar sized roof-mount system.
Furthermore, we need to consider the route of the lines from the roof (or ground-mount) to the inverter and/or electrical panel. With our leading design processes, we are able to study all of these influences remotely 95 percent of the time.