I live in norfolk, MA, US and am looking to install solar panels. I use an average of 450kWh/month and am going for about 6kW installed capacity. I got two quotes through energysage. They are:
- Cost/watt $3.18
Watts per panel- 365
Panel manufacturer - SolariaPanel model-PowerXT-365R-AC PowerXT
Number of panels 15
Inverter manufacturer- Enphase EnergyInverter model- IQ7-60-x-ACM-US-240
- Cost/watt $2.93
Panel manufacturer - Panasonic Solar PanelsPanel model- VBHN340SA17 HIT+
Number of panels 18
Inverter manufacturer- Enphase EnergyInverter model- IQ7X-96-x-US-240
In my naive assessment, the option 1 uses higher cost panel (better looks-all black and sleek) compared to Option 2. At the current rates, $3.18/watt is 8.5% higher than 2.93/watt whereas the cost of the panel at current prices is ~$520 vs ~$360.
It would seem that the Option 1 labor cost is lower than Option 2 and therefore Option 1 is preferable.
What does everyone else think?