If you’re like most Bay Area homeowners, you already know that going solar can save you money.

In fact, you likely receive offers in the mail every day.

But despite these potential savings, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of solar panel options. Photovoltaic (PV) technology is no longer the commodity it once was. Today’s solar panels all come with different:

  • Shapes and sizes
  • Designs and materials
  • Performance and cost

Even the country of origin is increasingly a deciding factor when shopping for solar PV panels.

So against this backdrop, how do you choose the right solar panels for your home?

With Residential Solar, Which Panels Are Best?

When it comes to solar technology, quality matters above all else. Your PV system should last a minimum of 25 years. And if installed correctly, it can easily last 40 years or longer.

So you should always invest in whatever solar panels deliver the most power output per square foot (within its class). After all, the whole idea is to save money.

To get a good idea of how much you can actually save, use our free online calculator.

But when choosing among solar panels of equal quality (i.e. Tier 1), you still have a lot of options to choose from. And finding the right solution ultimately comes down to personal tastes and preferences.

1. Are You Looking for Aesthetics?

Going solar can help you save money. But some customers fear that installing panels will detract from the natural beauty of their homes.

Fortunately, there now exist a range of panels that blend seamlessly with existing rooftops. These thinner, “all black” modules are designed to look like classic tiles or slates – instead of like the glossy, bluish panels you might normally associate with solar technology.

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2. Are You Looking to Make a Statement?

Other Bay Area homeowners love the look of conventional panels – with their white seams and glossy, blue finish. These modules are unmistakable. And once installed, they send a powerful message to neighbors, friends, and family that you take environmental protection seriously.

If you want to wear solar like a badge of honor, this is the way to go.

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3. Are You Looking for Affordable Solar Panels?

Solar panels are more affordable than ever before – especially once you factor in rebates, tax credits, and other generous incentives.

However, Tier 1 Chinese solar panels tend to be cheaper than their American counterparts. And choosing modules from this category can help speed up the payback period of your clean power investment.

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4. Are You Looking for American-Made Solar Panels?

If you want to support local jobs, there’s now a huge selection of American-made solar panels available. They often cost a little bit more, but not only are you helping the environment and saving money, you’re also helping the US economy when you choose this route.

Let Us Help You Find the Right Solar Panels for Your Home

At Bright Planet Consulting, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect solar solution for your home (or business). And that’s why we take the time to:

  • Discuss your specific goals – whether you’re focused on aesthetics, the environment, or your pocketbook.
  • Evaluate your historical electricity usage and local utility rates. This ensures that you receive the highest savings at the lowest price.
  • Analyze your future energy usage to make certain your solar investment will cover your electricity needs – both today, tomorrow, and 25+ years from now.
  • Help you choose from a vast spectrum of Tier 1 solar panels – all of which have been carefully screened and tested by our clean energy experts.

And in addition to helping you apply for numerous federal, state, and local incentives, we also offer a $350 rebate for qualifying solar customers.

To learn why Bright Planet Consulting is the Bay Area’s favorite solar installer, schedule a free consultation with us today.

If you’re still in the early stages of your solar journey, check out our online savings calculator. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save every month – simply by tapping into clean and free sunshine.

To compare solar financing options and see how much you can save, use our solar calculator below.

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