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The Pros and Cons of DIY Solar Panels

Oct 4

 

It's easy to see solar panels' appeal if you are a homeowner. It doesn't matter if you are concerned about your carbon emissions, your budget, or both. Installing DIY solar panels can reduce your carbon emissions and help lower your monthly energy bills.

 

While DIY solar panels are an attractive and eco-friendly choice in certain situations, they don't necessarily solve all energy-related problems. We'll show you the pros and cons of installing solar panels yourself. We'll also help you decide whether you want to do the job yourself or if you prefer to have solar panels professionally installed.

Prices

 

Saving money is a major benefit of DIY projects, aside from the satisfaction that comes with completing a good job. You won't need to hire anyone to do the installation of solar panels on your home. This can save you a lot of money.

 

Research by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that labor accounts for approximately 10% of the total cost of installing solar panels. This is a savings of almost $2,000. Given that solar panels cost on average $18,500 to install, this means you can save nearly $2,000 This is a substantial amount to put in your bank account.

 

There is however a tradeoff. It is possible to install the system yourself if you don't pay someone else. This means that you will have to do the installation yourself. Some incentives that homeowners receive for installing solar panels may not be available to you. Certain tax rebates offered by states for going green are only available to certified companies. These incentives can help you save money and make sure that you are actually making savings.

Installation

You can install solar panels yourself. Solar systems that are specifically designed for DIYers can be installed easily, although it may take some time.

It is important to note that DIY solar panels are not intended to be connected to the traditional power grid. These panels are more suitable for off-grid applications, such as powering RVs and other areas that aren't normally served by an electric utility. If you're looking for a way to supplement traditional energy sources, DIY solar panels are a good option. An expert might be more helpful if you want to power your entire house with solar energy.

A full solar energy system requires you to have some basic knowledge in order to properly install the wiring and other technical aspects. It is possible to work with buried wires and do work on roofs in potentially dangerous environments. Crossed wires can cause malfunctions and even fires. You may also be prohibited from doing this work without the assistance of a professional, depending on your local zoning laws.

 

If you have questions about your home installation project, it is a good idea to consult a professional.

Use

As stated, DIY solar panel projects do not replace traditional energy sources. They can supplement the power grid or provide power for smaller areas like an RV or tiny homes. A professionally installed solar system will work best for a large home.

There are certain settings that are ideal to make a DIY solar project. If your garage or shed requires electricity, you may be able to go off the grid and have solar panels power it. These panels can be placed in the most efficient alignment for you. As long as you have a functioning solar battery, DIY solar panels can be used as a backup for power outages.

 

Maintenance

While solar panels last approximately 25 years, there are always issues. Particularly DIY solar panels can require maintenance and service as the quality of the panels is not guaranteed.

Maybe you wanted to save money on up-front costs so you bought cheaper panels that are more prone to wear and tear. It is possible to end up having to replace them yourself. Unless the manufacturer offers a warranty, you might have to replace your panel. It is much easier to break the warranty accidentally if the panels are installed by you.

Many professionally installed panels come with a warranty from their company. They will take care of any issues you have and even reimburse the cost.