Professional vs DIY Solar Installation
You believe that solar power
would be beneficial to your home, so you wish to purchase solar panels. Should
you do the job yourself, or should you hire a professional? Consider the
following pros and cons before you make your decision:
Hiring a Professional
The professionals have the
experience necessary to do the job right. Solar companies that have been in
business for several years have at least that many years of experience
installing solar panels. In addition to that, some states require that these
companies obtain licenses and meet qualifications to do this job. These
professionals are also in a position to know how to determine how much solar
energy your particular home requires as well as the appropriate permits.
The professionals can obtain
better materials. Professionally installed solar panels are of higher quality,
and generally, this means that they will last longer. They can also purchase
high-quality equipment that you cannot purchase at Home Depot. Professionals
will also offer you a warranty, so if they need to come back in the future,
your repairs may be covered.
There is a lot of paperwork
when you hire a professional. The work cannot begin until after you apply for
the permits and applications. The company helps you do these things, but the
amount of time that it will take to complete the job will be extended. In
addition, you may be denied a permit or your utility company may have too many
regulations, so your choice of installer will be limited.
Do-It-Yourself Solar Panel
When you purchase a solar
kit rather than hire a professional, you will save a lot of money. If you were
to have a 5 kilowatt system installed, it would cost between $35,000 and
$45,000. If you do the job yourself, you will save on the installation
expenses. Therefore, your solar panels will cost around $15,000 for the same
type of system.
It’s easy to find a solar
panel kit online or at Home Depot. A professional installer would need to order
the equipment, and you might have to wait several weeks for it to arrive. Doing
it yourself means that you can get started any time you want.
You will have to be familiar
with electrical work and construction to do this job right. You have to choose
the right size and then you need to buy the equipment. Then, you will have to
connect the panels and the inverter and then route the wiring from the inverter
to a meter or battery. If you don’t know anything about electricity, you will
be in danger of electric shock or starting a fire.