Either for an add-on or as an addition to the main mod;
Make solar panels 'connect to each other (with the limitation that it can only go 40 blocks, then new connections are made) and emit their eu through only one output face, with all connected solar panels contributing to a single calculation, then either sending it along as a packet or as many 1-eu packets.
Or, make a new block which is able to accomplish this, or add the functionality to energy storage and/or transformer blocks. Or perhaps add both this and the above, with the above having the detraction that it will only emit 1-eu packets?
This would maintain both of the original intended costs of solars; The actual material costs, AND the cost of requiring huge solar farms to accomplish real production.