Panel Upgrade Options With Project Solar + Our Panel Philosophy

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Choosing the right solar panel is an important step to making sure you're getting the best bang for your buck when switching to solar. There are a lot of panel options, but here we'll go through which solar panels Project Solar offers and why.

At Project Solar, our mission is to make solar not only "affordable" (overused, vague marketing word) but also the best performing investment in a household's portfolio.  

A Range Rover could be affordable to some, but that doesn't mean that it's a good investment. 

By cutting out commissioned salespeople (often door knockers) and focusing on efficient and scalable business practices that leverage technology, internet marketing, and economies of scale, we are able to drastically reduce the cost of solar, often below commercial rates. 

Customers are seeing ROIs ranging from 18-45% (state depending).

To learn more about our pricing model, check out our Solar Pricing with Project Solar blog post. 

How We Chose Our Preferred Panels

We set out to find the best panels for ROI. This entails reviewing and balancing three main categories: build quality, performance, and aesthetics.

We first started with aesthetically pleasing, black-on-black panels that are top-tier and have full 25-year warranties, and then we optimized for the lowest price per watt. This doesn't mean they are the cheapest panels; it simply is a ratio of output over cost, meaning the best performance for your money. 

For an in-depth guide on how to analyze the ROI of a panel and more specifically, why premium high wattage panels are rarely worth the extra expense, click here

Preferred Panels and Upgrade Prices

Our primary panel is the Q-Cells 340 W (check out its spec sheets on our equipment specifications page). These panels are black-on-black, top-tier, monocrystalline panels with full 25-year warranties and a guaranteed production value of 85% by year 25. They are fantastic panels that rarely ever have issues and are our #1 choice. 

In our opinion, these Q-Cells panels strike the perfect balance of attractive appearance, high efficiency (at 340 W), and solid build quality/warranty. 

The Q-Cells 340 W panels are baked into our pricing. This means that the quote you can receive through our solar quote calculator is taking these panels (and other needed equipment) into account.

For some homes with high energy usage and a small amount of usable roof space, higher wattage panels may be desired. Or, if you have your mind set on a specific panel, we are happy to oblige. We simply increase our rate by the cost difference of the panel. See below for a list of the price per watt increase for different panels. This is not a complete list but rather a compilation of our most commonly requested panels. 

Name Model Power Rating Cost Increase (Per Watt)
Q-Cells  BLK G6+/AC 340 340W -
Aptos DNA-120 DNA-120-MF23 320W -
LG 320
320 $0.50

All employees at Project Solar are non-commissioned, and all panel upgrades reflect the actual price increase on our end. We don't profit more or less based on the equipment you choose. 

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