Project Solar

Morning all,
Little to my surprise someone in my household organised a meeting with a sales rep from Project Solar and I've read so many negative reviews online. They signed the contract but there is a 14 day cooling off period so I am doing my research.

I wanted to get your opinion on the costs with my offer. It is roughly £17.5k for 12 x Evolution UltraMax 370W solar panels giving an output of 4.44kW and a triple power 17.4kW battery storage with a hot water controller. Of course the usual certificates labour etc which they claim is priced at roughly £1.5k.

What are your thoughts on this? I am going to get a quote from another provider today.

Thanks!

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  • QrizB
    QrizB Posts: 13,822 Forumite
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    Just to add, here's a similar system (4kWp PV, much smaller 4.8kWh battery) for £6350:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164384391223 (an example, not a recommendation).
    The batteries in this case are Pylontech, which have many happy users on the forum, and are easily expanded. You would probably need to add another £5k or so to expand it to the same size battery that Project Solar quoted for, so total £11650.

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  • Hexane
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    QrizB said:
    The hot water controller cost is insignificant in the grand scheme.
    Indeed - worth about £200. (I paid more like £300 for mine.) And is unlikely to save you any money at all if you use gas to heat your domestic hot water.
    7.25 kWp PV system (4.1kW WSW & 3.15kW ENE), Solis inverter, myenergi eddi & harvi for energy diversion to immersion heater. myenergi hub for Virtual Power Plant demand-side response trial.
  • Thanks for your comments.

    They have said they will also replace any parts free of charge which is where they can also add value, however would this be adding 5k worth of value? I am waiting for the second quote so i'm curious to see what they come back with.
  • Exiled_Tyke
    Exiled_Tyke Posts: 1,189 Forumite
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    Don't even wait for another quote. There are numerous reports of issues with this company on these boards. Cancel immediately and refuse to enter into any further discussion.  Send the cancellation notice by recorded delivery and keep a copy with proof of posting.   
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  • Solarchaser
    Solarchaser Posts: 1,663 Forumite
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    I'd second what exiled tyke says.
    This company is well reported, avoid avoid avoid
    West central Scotland
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  • [Deleted User]
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    edited 18 May 2021 at 1:40PM
    Thanks for your comments.

    They have said they will also replace any parts free of charge which is where they can also add value, however would this be adding 5k worth of value? I am waiting for the second quote so i'm curious to see what they come back with.
    Which actual parts are they talking about? A PV solar system with a battery is standalone. Yes, it will need to wired into the property and this might need a new sub consumer box. The solar diverter is nothing more than a box of electronics that is connected to the cable that powers the hot water cylinder immersion heater. The extra bits that were required comprised 3 screws and 6 inches of wire.

    Walk away while you can. I had a 7kWp array installed on 2 roofs (with in roof  installation) along with a £8500 Powerwall with a Gateway 2; a Zappi 2 EVSE and EDDI solar diverter form about £2k more than your quote. 

    If family members are keen on getting a solar array, then my advice would be that 3 quotes are required from carefully chosen installers. YouGen is a good source to identify installers that have good feedback. A good installer will look at your roof; consider shading etc and tell you what the art of the possible is regarding the number of panels etc. They will also discuss such mundane things as VAT. You can be hit for 20% when a few changes to the installation might reduce this to 5%.

    https://blog.spiritenergy.co.uk/homeowner/get-5-vat-solar-panels?_gl=1*1t6oqd7*_ga*MTM4ODU4MDIxLjE2MjA4MTg2Mjg.*_ga_H2QDK3X5H3*MTYyMTM0MTUyNC4zLjEuMTYyMTM0MTU3OS4w
  • Hexane
    Hexane Posts: 520 Forumite
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    edited 18 May 2021 at 5:26PM
    They have said they will also replace any parts free of charge which is where they can also add value, however would this be adding 5k worth of value? I am waiting for the second quote so i'm curious to see what they come back with.
    I'm not sure how this is different from what should come as standard with any installation from a reputable supplier, i.e. insurance-backed guarantees on the workmanship of the install, warranties for the panels and for the inverter, warranties on the long-term output of the panels. (Although that last one never seemed to have any particularly significant practical value to me - what am I going to do, contact the panel manufacturer in November 2038 telling them that my panels are generating 3% less than I think they should and asking them to remove them all to test them?) What parts do they imagine you're going to need replacing, and what are they going to do about it that's any different to any of the above?
    7.25 kWp PV system (4.1kW WSW & 3.15kW ENE), Solis inverter, myenergi eddi & harvi for energy diversion to immersion heater. myenergi hub for Virtual Power Plant demand-side response trial.
  • abeezar
    abeezar Posts: 83 Forumite
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    Just stay away from PS. A lot of negative reviews Get a local installer. Where are you based?
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