College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The purpose of this paper is to analyze and determine if the In-house installation of solar panels by Residential Builders will lead to increased profits. Specifically, this pertains to Large Residential Developers that are focused on building single-family home developments with greater than 25 homes. With the demand for solar power in new homes continuously rising year after year, it is smart to find more profitable ways to install these systems, one of which is self-installation performed by the General Contractor. The Methodology of research I used is a combination of primary and secondary research, as well as interviews with current workers in the field. I also analyzed the licensing and training that is required to install solar panels to see how long it takes to make up the upfront costs. Through my research, I concluded that the in-house installation would lead to increased profits for Larger Residential Developers, although there is a required price to start the process of self-installation. In the end, Large Residential Developers could increase their profits by choosing to self-perform the solar installation on their developments, this is due to the labor savings that come with self-installation.

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