SOLAR UMBRELLA is a supply chain solutions firm located in Pasadena, CA that understands the profitability of any company, business model, or project ultimately depends on the ability to minimize and control cost. We operate in the fast growing, yet competitive solar energy industry where success is measured in "cents per watt" and the material portion can represent anywhere from 30 - 50% of a solar system's total installation cost and it's our goal to make sure you are on the low end of that.
Our main area of focus is on the solar panel itself, not only the most expensive, but the most dynamic component of solar equipment costs in terms of market price fluctuation and forecasting. Unfortunately, we have seen too many companies underestimate the impact of these factors and simply do not dedicate the time, money or resources required to mitigate the risks involved with a mismanaged supply chain.
Solar Umbrella recognized a need for this and provides a solution that allows companies to outsource the supply chain function to professionals that have the expertise and experience to effectively develop a customized plan whether it involves full procurement, logistics and distribution services or something as simple as a direct purchase from the Solar Umbrella store of products.
Have peace of mind that
what we say is what we do
We rather lose a deal on integrity than win without it
What good is a product if it becomes obsolete?
What good is a warranty if the supplier is out of biz?
What good is a price if it doesn't hold?
That's why the first step in our process is to not only understand the market today but where it is going
The easiest solution and most common mistake made for achieving lower pricing is to simply "buy more". That not only requires cash flow but has flaws when buying more than you need. We focus on supply sources, strategic partners and purchasing strategy
Yeah, our goal is to make money ... I would be lying to you if I said otherwise. Yet for a partnership to work, everyone has to get a piece of the pie. So the biggest secret to our success is quite simply our business philosophy to pass down cost savings to the client
We access your strengths, weaknesses and goals to develop a supply chain solution unique to your business model and needs
Our experience and contact channels across the entire supply chain allows us to provide solutions in more than one area
Our purchasing power and strategic supply chain partners allow us to buy in volume at a discount we then pass down to you, our clients
We understand cash flow is critical to any company so we have secured financing vehicles to provide short term payment options
In the competitive solar industry where everything is measured in $/watt, logistics is an expense that can not be ignored
Effective supply chain management is not a short term solution and that's how we treat every client, as a long term partner