What is a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO)?
A GPO is a cost savings vehicle available to participating members. The purpose of a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) is to leverage purchasing strength through membership in order to acquire goods and services at lower prices. GPO’s are not resellers, but rather contract negotiators. GPO members are entitled to purchase through these negotiated contracts.
I don’t understand how the Solar Purchasing Group service works; could you briefly explain it?
The Solar Purchasing Group negotiates contracts directly with suppliers. Once you are registered with the Solar Purchasing Group, you can purchase directly through the supplier while utilizing the savings the Solar Purchasing Group has negotiated. It is simple and fast. The Solar Purchasing Group is here to answer any questions you have, negotiate contracts on your behalf, and act as a general advocate for purchasing within the solar industry.
What is the membership cost and obligation?
There is a low joining fee and annual membership fee, and no obligation to purchase. If you would like to speak to a representative, please call us.
How does a company participate?
Click on Become a Memberon the Solar Purchasing Group home page and complete the short application.
What kinds of products and services are available to my company and how do I access the discount?
A complete list of our vendors and discounts will be available on www.solarpurchasing.com. Our vendor portfolio will be extensive and will include products and services such as poly Si, materials for crucibles, materials for wire saws, materials for screen printing (Ag and Al paste) and more.
What are the benefits my company can expect once we sign up with the Solar Purchasing Group?
- We save you time, money and resources because we’ve done the procurement process for you.
- If your preferred supplier is part of the Solar Purchasing Group GPO, you can use your local sales representative and purchase directly through them, while still receiving the savings.
- We intervene with suppliers to work out misunderstandings.
Do I buy directly through the Solar Purchasing Group?
No, the Solar Purchasing Group does not warehouse or sell any products or services to our members. We simply facilitate access to special contract pricing for our members. Your company will purchase directly with our contract suppliers and/or manufacturers.
How can I be sure that I will save money?
We encourage you to compare our pricing to that of your current suppliers or other potential suppliers to ensure we are providing our members with the lowest pricing possible. If you find a lower price, please contact us so we can revisit our contract and change it accordingly.
How can I become an authorized Solar Purchasing Group supplier?
If your organization is interested in becoming an authorized Solar Purchasing Group supplier, please select the authorized suppliers tab at www.solarpurchasing.com and complete the supplier application.