Solar Ground Mount Cost Comparison Calculator

Fill out your numbers below to see the difference between the Osprey PowerPlatform and a Conventional Foundation System. Click "Calculate Now" at the bottom to see the results! 1

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Your System Size (Watts)* 
# of Laborers*  
Skilled Labor Rate*  
$(e.g., installing foundation/piers, foreman, driving heavy equipment, etc.)
Non-Skilled Labor Rate*  
$(e.g., installing racking, solar panels)
Conventional Foundation Installation
# Days

# of Days:

In the boxes below, enter the number of days required to complete each activity.

Total Cost

Total Cost:

In the boxes below, enter the cost associated with each activity.

Cost per Watt
Racking and solar panels
In the # DAYS box to the right, type in the total time required to install racking and panels, given the number of laborers inputed above.
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Foundations/Piers
In the # DAYS box to the right, include the total days required for procurement, mobilization and installation.
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Geotechnical Survey
In the # DAYS box to the right, include the total days from procurement to receiving a summary of results.
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Site Preparation & Grading
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Constructing a Pad for Inverters
*The Osprey PowerPlatform mounts inverters on the platform itself, thereby eliminating the need for concrete.
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Pile Driver Equipment Rental
 
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Pre-installation pull test, pull test equipment costs, stormwater prevention plan (SWPP), additional concrete and rebar, travel expenses to purchase additional materials, days waiting for conventional racking company to schedule your install, etc.
 
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Osprey PowerPlatform Installation Total
Osprey PowerPlatform units assemble onsite using standard power hand tools: impact tool, percussion hammer drill, portable power generator and load testkit. The # DAYS to install the Osprey includes installing the racking, solar panels, earth anchors, and conducting the pull "load" test using only non-skilled labor. The non-skilled labor rate used to calculate the savings is based on the non-skilled labor rate first entered above.
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The earth anchor provides a reliable alternative to traditional anchorage methods at a fraction of the cost, and has additional benefits not typically provided by other foundation options.

Matthew B. Gilliss, P.E., LEED AP, Engineered Power Solutions