Disclaimer: Anderson Optimization, which we mention in the article, is getting a fresh new look and name. Soon, it will be known as PVcase Prospect.

As the solar industry continues to grow, competition amongst developers is also intensifying. Traditional marketing approaches often fail to generate quality leads and capture potential customers’ attention with generic and impersonal campaigns. However, with the right tools and innovative strategies, developers can revolutionize their outreach efforts, drive higher conversion rates, and accelerate solar adoption.

This blog post explores the challenges in solar landowner outreach and how Anderson Optimization’s leading GIS Site Selection platform can enhance return on investment (ROI) and conversion rates through targeted solar marketing. At the end of the article, you’ll find an e-book that explores the topic in-depth.

Challenges with solar landowner outreach

The solar industry’s exponential growth has led to heightened competition over a limited pool of ideal customers. Conventional lead collection methods with impersonal messaging often result in poor-quality leads with low engagement rates, reducing the likelihood of successful conversions.

Without doing research upfront, this generic approach can be synonymous with door-knockers pitching solar to someone who already knows they are not a good candidate (such as a house with an east-west orientation or trees shading their roof), wasting valuable time and resources.

Targeted direct mailers for quality leads

Targeted mailers have transformed customer acquisition for solar businesses by boosting response rates and using resources efficiently by only pursuing high-quality parcels. Personalized communication enhances lead quality, fosters loyalty, and builds strong relationships, such as including custom solar lease rates to make an attractive offer.

This strategic marketing approach offers a competitive advantage by reaching the right audience and addressing their specific needs, boasting an impressive ROI of 42:1.

Maximizing ROI and conversions

Anderson Optimization (AO) Prospect equips solar developers with the best data sets and automates site analysis to eliminate non-ideal parcels, saving both time and money. Here are the benefits of AO Prospect’s data-driven approach and rigorous preliminary analysis to boost solar marketing efforts:

  • High-quality leads: fill your pipeline with top-tier solar leads using an automated site selection process, ensuring a consistent flow of active projects.

  • Expedite projects: double or quadruple efficiency in site selection, facilitating faster outreach to landowners.

  • User-friendly interface: this simplified platform allows anyone, not just GIS (Geographic Information System) developers, to perform complex environmental analysis easily.

  • Soft cost reduction: lower expenses by managing the entire process internally, eliminating the need to hire expensive GIS analysts, external land agents, or new developers.

  • Landowner identification: quickly identify landowners with prime properties using parcel data from local counties, saving time by avoiding unviable sites.

  • Rapid solar site selection: accelerate the search process with comprehensive data, automated land searches based on key parameters (such as minimum acreage, distance to substations and transmission lines, and the local grid’s available capacity), and early identification of opportunistic sites by conducting a robust preliminary analysis.

  • Targeted solar marketing: save time and resources with an automated customized marketing report that uses industry-leading parcel data coverage (including standardized ownership records) to simplify targeted direct mailers.

  • Landowner outreach tracking: record landowner outreach details, including site control status, agreement type, notes, and updated contact information, to streamline project management under one platform.

  • Market expansion: enter new markets and maintain a consistent site selection process across different regions.

  • Simple Parcel Search: automate land searches based on known infrastructure, such as substations and transmission lines, or use AO Capacity Maps to find the best points of interconnection (PoIs) based on grid proximity and parcel size.

  • Automated marketing reports: create custom marketing reports for solar leads instantly with the click of a button, incorporating parcel metadata, parcel images, buildable area analysis, and associated hazards (if any).

  • Bulk analysis: cut down on time and effort by conducting automated analysis, project management, and sending mailers in bulk, maximizing efficiency with a streamlined approach.

How to use Anderson Optimization for effective solar marketing

With Anderson Optimization’s game-changing platform, solar developers can streamline their site analysis process and enhance targeted marketing efforts, leading to higher conversion rates and project success. By following these steps, developers can prioritize lead quality, accelerate project timelines, and improve success rates in solar marketing initiatives.

STEP 1: Identify opportunistic sites

Early identification of viable land is crucial for renewable energy projects. Begin the preliminary analysis by adjusting for parameters like acreage, land ownership, setbacks, and proximity to substations and transmission lines for cost-effective projects. Use layers to help identify ideal areas based on IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) guidelines and AO Capacity Maps to understand injection capacity before searching for a parcel.

STEP 2: Conduct Buildable Area Analysis automatically

Quickly assess buildability by automatically evaluating hazards and constraints. Utilize the Super Parcel tool to combine sites and optimize internal boundaries for efficient site planning.

STEP 3: Remove undesirable projects

Eliminate unsuitable sites early on to conserve resources. Streamline the selection process by prioritizing promising opportunities and enhancing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

STEP 4: Apply strategic filters

Utilize interactive tables to sort and filter data, highlighting only the most feasible sites by using the star rating system. This strategic filtering enhances the overall quality of selected parcels, increasing the potential for project success.

STEP 5: Export marketing reports

Generate automated and personalized Marketing Reports containing parcel metadata, images, buildable area analysis, and hazard assessments to build trust with landowners by showcasing your due diligence upfront. Utilize various export options for targeted marketing campaigns or internal use.

STEP 6: Send targeted direct mailers

Distribute direct mailers to prospective customers using personalized templates. Stand out amongst competition by illustrating designated site areas and preliminary buildable analysis with customized marketing reports.

STEP 7: Track landowner outreach efforts

Efficiently manage landowner outreach details within the AO Prospect platform. Update notes, agreements, and site control status to streamline project management.

STEP 8: Update Buildable Analysis with additional information

Ensure Buildable Area Analysis reflects the latest data for accurate decision-making. Incorporate additional information landowners provide, such as adjusting setbacks for grazing livestock.


Targeted marketing is essential for successful solar development. Anderson Optimization’s data-driven and streamlined approach simplifies the site selection process by identifying optimal sites with rapid preliminary analysis and offering personalized customization to engage with landowners using an automated marketing report. For greenfields, community solar, commercial, or utility-scale projects, Anderson Optimization’s GIS platform ensures high-quality projects to drive nationwide solar energy adoption.

Curious to learn more about how Anderson Optimization can enhance the quality of your solar leads and drive conversions? Download our latest ebook, “Solar Developer’s Guide to Landowner Marketing,” to boost your solar marketing efforts today!