On October 23, 2014 Solar Power International tallied votes from the poster contest and Pamela Cargill's poster "Using the Seven Forms of Waste and Critical Path Method to Lower Residential Solar Soft Costs" won Fan Favorite in the Business & Finance track.
The conference's educational poster area featured over 100 individual posters that addressed innovative and original research, best practices, and programs touching all sectors of the solar industry from residential and commercial business strategy solutions all the way to manufacturing and program/policy development.
Ms. Cargill's poster focused on how to individualize a residential solar company's strategy for lowering soft costs based on their business model and market conditions, which vary widely across the nation. It synthesizes proven tools and methodologies used in other industries to lower and control cost structures. Methods cited include how to identify the non-value-added activities using the conceptual framework of the Seven Forms of Waste and then how to apply that knowledge to process design using the Critical Path Method.