Category: How

There are several steps to how we can help. We’ll lay it out here and in more detail on our Services page.

  • We sit down with you in a virtual meeting (no pesky salesman with his foot in the door!) and discuss what you are looking for in a solar-powered grid-tied system. This initial consult is completely free and if you don’t have access to Zoom or another platform we can do this over the phone.
  • At the initial consult, if you decide to move ahead we’ll ask for copies of your electric bills or some data from them. A year or two is enough. More data is better though, so if you have it in digital format we’ll crunch the numbers on what you’ve got.
  • You’ll be asked to fill out a questionnaire to get a better idea of how you use your energy and what could change in the future. We may ask for a few pictures of your electrical box and the outside of your house/property.
  • After some heavy Knerding, we will review our initial findings with you and make any adjustments needed in the numbers after consulting you further.
  • With that data, we will build a computer model and make sure it is generally feasible. NOTE: Final feasibility results will be done by the solar installer(s) to determine placement/engineering requirements.
  • We will review our Solar Report together with you to determine if you want to move forward with putting your requirements out to bid.
  • We can place your requirements out for bid to a number of different solar installers and isolate you from direct contact until you are ready to narrow the field.
  • With you, we review the information in each bid. The best bids are selected as finalists and those companies are able to contact you directly.
  • Final bids come in, which we can review with you to help you pick a winning bid.
  • A site survey by the winning bidder (usually for a fee, if you do not wish to sign a contract yet) is scheduled.
  • The final proposal is reviewed and any final negotiations are made by you before contract signing.
  • If all is good with you then you can sign the contract with the installer. If not, then you can decline and we can start over with other companies, or recall a previous bidder for consideration.


Category: What

We use a multi-step process to help you determine an accurate prediction of your FUTURE electrical usage. Also an assessment of your site before the bidders start bidding. Finally, we can acquire a number of bids for you from multiple vendors and keep your identity protected until you are ready to start negotiating with select vendors.


Category: Who

The Knerds are kind and kindred folk who have pulled themselves away from their computer screens and collectables to help the less knowledgeable go solar.


Category: Why

Through our own experiences going solar we found how difficult it can be to get accurate bids on solar and how much information companies ask for that you might not wish to give to just anyone. They can also do a poor job asking some critical questions up front on your energy usage – increasing the likelihood you will get too little energy production or pay above market price for a solar system.

When we were shopping solar we got bids all over the map for systems that might serve our needs, but were way too expensive for what you got.  From systems that used outdated tech, but still charged a premium – to underpowered solar systems that wouldn’t  supply enough power and were still overpriced..

We can save you time.  We can save you effort.  We can save you money on a robust solar system that meets your needs at a fair price.  You need a Knerd.