College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Jason Hailer, Phil Barlow
The use of solar energy has slowly been on the rise over the past few decades, the full potential of solar energy has not been realized in the realm of construction. Solar power in construction has been slow to catch on, as many of the upfront costs associated with solar power has created a feeling that investing in such systems will ultimately not be worth the investment. This paper attempts to address the issues of upfront costs, the willingness for contractors to invest in renewable energy both now and in the future, and will also identify possible uses for solar power on the jobsite. Through the research conducted in this paper, it has been proven that there are viable options for solar power on jobsites in the future. The research details current costs of solar, why solar has not been selected as a means of providing power at this point in time, and what future research is necessary to create an environment where solar power use is ubiquitous throughout the construction industry. Ultimately, this paper will provide a pathway for future contractors, investors in renewable energy, and developers to both reduce their environmental impact and save costs on jobsite power.