P.V. Solar Design

Hawkins Design Group, Inc. has many years of commercial-level expertise in new construction, building remodel, energy reduction, tenant improvement, as well as solar photo-voltaic power plant design. We also have the ability to coordinate Structural, Civil, Mechanical, and Plumbing Engineering Consulting Services through our office to provide our clients with a single source for professional services.

Each project is assigned a qualified project manager to serve as the client’s representative and to supervise a team who has the technical expertise required for a specific project. The project team has full responsibility for the progress of all aspects of the project and guarantees complete coordination while maintaining strict cost and schedule controls. Our staff includes Registered Professional Engineers, Project Managers, Designers and office support personnel.


“Green” buildings use sustainable design principles to improve the health and comfort of the buildings occupants while reducing the negative environmental impact of the building. If planned properly, green buildings may not be more expensive to build than non-green buildings, and will have lowered operating costs as a result of efficient use of energy and resources. The goal of sustainable design efforts is to produce zero energy buildings which produce as much energy as they consume through energy efficient design and the use of renewable energy technologies. As part of your collaborative team, Hawkins Design Group Inc. will work with you to achieve lower energy and operating expenses.

Humans have used solar energy throughout history. We dried clothes, tanned hides, preserved meat and fruit, and purified water using solar power. Today we use solar energy to create energy necessary to power our modern and increasingly energy hungry world. The entire population of the earth consumes about 15 terawatts of power at any one time, using the available land we can easily support this with any combination of renewable sources such as wind and solar. Photo-voltaic cells creates electricity directly from sunlight, that is essentially free and very reliable. The sun never sends a bill ! Therefor solar P.V. fixes the cost of energy, whereas the price for utility generated power is constantly increasing.

Many governments have plotted a course to take us off todays dependence on environmentally and financially unsustainable carbon and nuclear fuels. The world-wide government incentives, legal and monetary, has rapidly fueled the adoption of solar power plants; in the last 20 years the average growth of installed solar has gained over 40% per year, in the last few years it was closer to 100% per year. Any upfront investment in solar power plants is heavily outweighed by the tax benefits, accelerated depreciation, and potential marketing benefits.

Solar Photo-voltaic power plants have the lowest possible O&M of all power plants, warranties on components is measured in decades. A well designed Photo-voltaic system will last 25 to 30 years with no technicians, tools, road or grid. Financially these systems can provide very respectable returns on investment, providing a constant positive cash flow from the start, additionally producing revenue or savings that can far exceed the initial purchase price over the life of the power plant.