Why DIY Solar Installation May Be The Way To Go

Why DIY Solar Installation May Be The Way To Go
  • Opening Intro -

    Solar is trendy in 2018. Many homeowners are starting to think about ‘DIY solar panels.'

    There is a lot involved in the installation and a right and a wrong way for these projects.

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Major financial benefits come with going solar. The monthly electricity bill is decreased even as the home’s value increases. Federal tax credits can reduce the net cost by over 30%. With all the good news, solar is still a big investment and sticker shock may result.

With a plethora of providers such as Northwest Mechanical, homeowners are thinking about DIY and looking at the pros and cons before deciding:

  • PROS

    Off-grid Projects

    Most solar kits for home use are designed for off-grid use. “Off-grid” means they can’t be used while still connected to the utility.

    An average homeowner finds going off-grid is not usually in their best interest, especially true if the home solar equipment doesn’t make enough electricity to meet needs, all day, every day of the year.

    The home kits can be a good answer if someone is not trying to electrify their whole home. Boats, recreational vehicles and even sheds and small houses present the chance to explore DIY solar.

    The DIY kits can also be useful to power an outlying area on a large area. Powering a barn or outdoor lighting require a low amount of electricity. Buying a small home solar kit and going DIY on installation is doable.

  • CONS

    Installation can be complicated, and homemade electricity requires training and experience. “You get what you pay for” is good to remember when buying solar panels. While a home solar package can be less expensive than professional installers, finding someone who knows what they are doing can save time and money.

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Some of the est installers have been around for decades. They have experienced which no amount of research or DIY guides can match.

Each state requires installers to be licensed and qualified. Independent certifications like that awarded by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners help ensure the company you choose is intimately familiar with the procedure.

The solar installer you choose may also help acquire, complete and file all necessary permits and applications. The local utility will not let a homeowner connect to the grid without approval from a certified electrician.

Tips To Buy Solar

Homeowners can save 10-percent or more by getting multiple quotes. Shopping for installation requires research and thinking through the companies servicing a specific area. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab recently published a report recommending consumers comparison shop.

To locate smaller companies which regularly offer cheaper prices, an installer network like EnergyState is a valuable source. Register your property on their Solar Marketplace and local, vetted installers can be found. The consortium offers a discount between $5K and $10K for homeowners who get 3 or more quotes.

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Amazon Bestsellers: Solar Panel Kits

Bestseller No. 1
Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer
216 Reviews
Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer
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  • The charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy' s new 30A PWM Negative-Ground Charge Controller - the Renogy Wanderer
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Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit w/100W Solar Panel + 30A PWM Negative ground Charge Controller + MC4 Connectors +Tray Cable+ Mounting Z Brackets for RV, Boat
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Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit w/100W Solar Panel + 30A PWM Negative ground Charge Controller + MC4 Connectors +Tray Cable+ Mounting Z Brackets for RV, Boat
  • The charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy's new 30A PWM NegativeGround Charge Controller the Renogy Wanderer
  • With the Renogy Wanderer 30A PWM Charge Controller, you can expand your system up to a maximum of 400W
Bestseller No. 3
WindyNation 200 Watt Solar Panel Kit: 2pcs 100W Solar Panels + P30L LCD PWM Charge Controller + Solar Cable + MC4 Connectors + Mounting Brackets for Off-Grid RV Boat
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WindyNation 200 Watt Solar Panel Kit: 2pcs 100W Solar Panels + P30L LCD PWM Charge Controller + Solar Cable + MC4 Connectors + Mounting Brackets for Off-Grid RV Boat
  • 200 Watt solar charging kit provides up to 200 watts of clean, free, renewable power
  • Designed for RVs, cabins, homes, boats, back-up power and remote power use
$35.00Bestseller No. 4
Renogy 50 Watt 12 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Starter Kit
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Renogy 50 Watt 12 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Starter Kit
  • One Renogy 50 Watt polycrystalline solar panel.
  • One 10Amp PWM charge controller; uniquely designed Z brackets for mounting.
Bestseller No. 5
Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar RV Kit Off-Grid Kit with 30A PWM LCD Charge Controller + Mounting Brackets + MC4 Connectors + Solar Cables + Cable Entry housing
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Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar RV Kit Off-Grid Kit with 30A PWM LCD Charge Controller + Mounting Brackets + MC4 Connectors + Solar Cables + Cable Entry housing
  • High Module conversion efficiency. Ideal output: 1000Wh per day (depending on the availability of sunlight).
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