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
232 Reviews
Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer
  • Negative grounding controller with battery reversed, overloading, short-circuit and over charging /discharging...
  • The charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy' s new 30A PWM Negative-Ground Charge Controller - the Renogy Wanderer
$74.60Bestseller No. 2
Renogy 400 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with 40A Rover MPPT Charge Controller
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Renogy 400 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with 40A Rover MPPT Charge Controller
  • This kit includes our 40A MPPT charge controller which uses Maximum Power Point Tracking technology, transferring power...
  • With a Renogy 400W Monocrystalline Starter Kit MPPT, you won't have to wonder about whether you're getting the most out...
Bestseller No. 3
WindyNation 100 Watt Solar Panel Off-Grid RV Boat Kit with LCD PWM Charge Controller + Solar Cable + MC4 Connectors + Mounting Brackets
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WindyNation 100 Watt Solar Panel Off-Grid RV Boat Kit with LCD PWM Charge Controller + Solar Cable + MC4 Connectors + Mounting Brackets
  • The kit includes: (1) 100 Watt WindyNation Solar Panel, 30-Amp (user adjustable) WindyNation P30L LCD Display Solar...
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Bestseller No. 4
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Portable Solar Suitcase with Voyager Waterproof Charge Controller
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Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Portable Solar Suitcase with Voyager Waterproof Charge Controller
  • Adjustable, corrosion-resistant aluminum stand as well as a heavy duty handle and latches for longevity. Folded size:...
  • Compatible with gel, sealed, lithium, and flooded batteries. Charge controller with LCD display for displaying operating...
$39.99Bestseller No. 5
Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit w/ 100w Solar Panel,30A Charge Controller,9in MC4 Adaptor Kit,A pair of Branch Connectors
193 Reviews
Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit w/ 100w Solar Panel,30A Charge Controller,9in MC4 Adaptor Kit,A pair of Branch Connectors
  • Two Renogy 100-Watt monocrystalline solar panels can be connected in parallel by a pair of branch connectors.
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