Where is all of their time going?
It’s spent chasing necessary information across too many non-standardized sources, and then consolidating the tangled nest of information that needs to be formatted and cleaned up before it’s sent off to stakeholders.
Solar Companies Struggle With Inefficient Progress Reporting
In every client intake interview we conduct with solar companies, this same pain point of inefficient progress reporting is identified time and time again. We heard about hundreds of installs with the same fragmented reporting processes, driving the same breakdown in communication between teams. PM’s struggle to turn over stones for key information that’s either locked in multiple locations, not labelled correctly, or missing entirely. And this scramble to locate, collate, and communicate scattered information is difficult for just one progress report.
Consider the fact that just one project sees multiple instances of inefficiency, across multiple phases, across multiple team members. The interplay between Design, Engineering, and Permitting alone sees hundreds of hours of labor spent towards locating, coordinating, and communicating key information from each group for a single progress report.
Now multiply that time spent across tens or even hundreds of projects each month.
Exponential Inefficiencies In Solar Lead To Higher Soft Costs
These insidious soft costs associated with the cull of key information for a single status report affects even more than the team members involved. It also causes a domino effect of reactive labor costs when additional team members, or entire teams, are called upon to stop their work to assist in sourcing key information for progress reports.
The more labor hours spent on the inefficiencies of progress reporting, the more money spent on soft costs, and more need for human intervention to bring about human error. When you fund admin hours that perpetuate this manual costly process, you’re essentially paying your staff to fuel the inefficiency fire that’s engulfing your margins.