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A do-it-yourself installation with Project Solar can save you thousands of dollars. However, it is not a good fit for every customer interested in solar. While a DIY system’s savings are attractive, we recognize that not everyone wants to (or is able to) invest the time and effort required to complete a DIY solar installation.
For this reason, Project Solar also offers full-service installation, which is actually the route 90% of our customers take.
If you’re on the fence, read our articles on the DIY installation process: “Installing Solar in 4 Basic Steps” is a quick read, and “How to Install Solar Panels” goes a bit more in-depth. These will help give you a better understanding of what the process requires.
The great news is that DIY installers are not the only ones who can benefit from choosing Project Solar. Project Solar’s prices are half the national average with full-service installation costing $2/watt (before federal and state incentives).
Project Solar’s Install Network
To make our full-service installations possible, we have created a network of vetted installers that stretches across the United States. Currently, we are able to install our systems in every state besides Hawaii and Alaska.
Along with helping out installers, Project Solar's installer network also allows us to provide you, the customer, with the best, most experienced solar installers in your area. It's a win-win situation.
How It Works
To get started, a customer interested in a full-service installation can obtain a quote online through our free quote calculator, review sizing options, and provide us with all the information needed to obtain the engineering permit packs.
Project Solar handles site design, engineering, permitting and equipment procurement, and we ship everything directly to the customer.
On installation day, the Project Solar partnered contractor installs the system and completes the interconnection grid-tie.
Project Solar systems primarily use Q-Cells 340 W panels and exclusively use Enphase IQ7+ microinverters and IronRidge racking equipment. We also offer Enphase Encharge batteries but do not require them for our systems.
Terms, Requirements, Expectations
Our installers are representatives of Project Solar, so we have worked to ensure that you will receive quality service from your installer. To guarantee this, we require our Project Solar partnered installers to meet the following requirements and agree to our terms.
A Project Solar partnered installer
- Must be a licensed general contractor
- Must have or operate under a master electrician license
- Must offer and sustain a 10-year workmanship warranty to all Project Solar customers they install for
- Must perform installation within 30 days of accepting job
- Must submit pictures of every major step in the install process
- Must onboard customer to Enphase Enlighten app
- Must supply balance of system (BOS) materials
Three Strikes Rule
Our Project Solar installers represent Project Solar, and this is something we do not take lightly. If an installer fails to perform an agreed job in accordance with our terms and conditions, or if a customer files a complaint that is not rectified in a timely manner, the installer will be removed from our install network upon first offense.
If an installer has 3 complaints that do not require rectification but reflect poorly on their service, they will be removed from our install network.
If you opt for a full-service installation, you will have a 10-year workmanship warranty with your installer. This means that in addition to your system’s 25-year product and performance warranties, you are also covered if the installer makes a mistake.
We want to ensure that any potential issues caused by your solar installation are taken care of in a timely manner. To guarantee this, you will also have a 10-year workmanship warranty with Project Solar that backs your warranty with the installer.
This means that you, as the customer, will always go through us if you experience any issues caused by the install一you won’t be left to fend for yourself with the installer.
Project Solar will work as your advocate to enforce the installer’s contract and warranty, but ultimately, we take full responsibility to get the job done if the installer doesn’t pull through.
For example, if your installer goes out of business or moves, Project Solar is responsible for finding a new installer to make the warrantied repairs.
A common concern among homeowners is that there will be leaks in areas where installers have drilled into the roof to mount solar panel rails and anchors. However, racking technology has come a long way, so installers’ methods are nearly foolproof and unlikely to cause leaks.
That being said, things happen, so we make sure that your installation will be securely warrantied through the installer and through Project Solar.
Equipment Replacement/Warranty Service
If a piece of the solar equipment needs to be replaced, your installer will be available to facilitate the equipment swap within 30 days of the new part being received.
If the source of the damage or defect is due to an issue outside of the workmanship warranty, the customer will need to pay the installer, according to the contract, up to $70/hour for the labor incurred.
In most states, the cost of the installation itself costs $0.50/watt. These installation adders are paid in addition to that $0.50/watt.
(Be aware that these adder prices can also vary by state.)
- Main Panel Upgrade: $2,200
- Ground Mount: $0.40/watt
- Trenching: $10/ft ($100 minimum)
- Ballasted or Flat Roof: $0.15/watt
- 35-degree Pitch Roof: $0.15/watt
- Less than 4 kW system: $500
- Less than 2 kW system: $1,000
- Critter Guard: $0.10/watt
- Battery/Smart Switch Install: $2,000
- Attic run: $500 (can vary)
- Installer 5+ hour trip: $450
- Installer 8+ hour trip: $650
- Tile Roof: $0.15/watt (not in California)
The Benefits of a Full-Service Installation
With an experienced installer and a strong workmanship warranty, a full-service installation from Project Solar is a great way to get started on your solar journey. You can feel confident in the quality of your installer's workmanship as well as the assistance you will receive down the road.