Our CEO, Jonathan Doochin, had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Solar Power World. We hope you enjoy his interview as much as our team did. With direct insight and knowledge of the solar industry, Jonathan has proven to be a powerhouse paving the way towards continued success for Soligent Distribution.
With the U.S. solar industry breaking installation records year after year, Soligent and all solar equipment manufacturers and suppliers are navigating a supply chain riddled with bottlenecks.
COVID-19 has posed an existential threat to the personnel responsible for maintaining the supply chain, and with the proliferation of another highly contagious strain of the virus, that squeeze on the supply chain remains indefinitely. During the 2020 COVID lockdowns, manufacturing ceased or was curbed and substantial shipments by sea were canceled. The shipping industry is still recovering.
“The supply chain has become less dependable,” said Jonathan Doochin, CEO of solar equipment distributor Soligent. “It has become less dependable, and sourcing products in a timely fashion with accuracy across a multitude of SKUs has required specific purchasers to understand the microeconomic factors in supply chain issues, in specific verticals and specific product lines. Though each one faces similar issues, each supply chain is a bit different with its own quirks.”
Increasing consumer demand in solar and federal renewable energy goals are putting a strain on other raw materials necessary for manufacturing accessory technologies for solar installations. Warehouses and distributors have had to increase purchases of solar equipment where possible, making it harder to source hardware.
“Availability matters. If somebody shorts on availability in this market, as a manufacturer it can change the outcome of the market share substantially,” Doochin said.
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