Installing a solar power system big enough to generate electricity for your whole home can seem really expensive. While there are tax incentives and financing options getting that whole system installed for you might feel like more than you’re willing to pay. That’s why DIY solar projects have become so popular.
As you research DIY solar there tend to be a lot of differing opinions. It’s hard to know what’s true and what is just a ploy to make you spend more money.
Here we break down the top three myths and the top three myths and facts about DIY solar.
Top 3 DIY Solar Myths
You Can’t Tie Your System to the Grid
One of the biggest myths that I’ve seen floating around is that if you install your own solar panels then you won’t be able to tie them to the grid. This of course is a problem if you’re installing your solar panels on your home.
An off-grid system is great for extremely rural properties or cabins when that’s one of the only options available but for a home that has electricity running 24/7 (fridge, A/C, lights, etc.) an off-grid system is not ideal. When the sun goes down that means no more power. You can learn more about on- versus off-grid solar power, here.
Back to the question at hand, can you tie your solar panels to the grid if you installed them yourself? Yes! This might not be true everywhere but this is true for many places, Utah and Idaho included.
You Can Only Access Cheap Equipment
Another floating around out there is that as a DIYer you can’t get access to the same high-quality equipment (panels, inverters, racking, etc.) as the pros have. While it’s true that many of our competitors won’t sell panels and other equipment to an individual, we do!
We sell the top name brands at wholesale prices to anyone who wants to go solar whether we’re doing the install or not. If you think that the only option is dinky, cheap DIY kits, you’re wrong. Also, we’d like to say welcome, you’ve come to the right place.
Make sure that you do your research to figure out which brands and pieces of equipment you think will work best for your home and budget. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have to help you get your project off the ground.
Your System Will Fail Regulation and Permitting
Some people on the Anti-DIY bandwagon claim that you while you might be able to get your panels installed on your own there’s no way your system will get approved. Installing your own solar panels can be complicated but we want you to succeed so we hold free DIY classes to walk you through the whole process.
Nobody said you had to do the whole thing on your own. If you’re confident with one part of the project but not another call in a professional to help you with the part you’re unsure about. There’s not problem with asking for help.
On top of all that we also offer EZ Solar Permit and Design services. Permitting can be a huge pain in the butt so if you want us to takeover, we’ve got your back.
3 Facts About DIY Solar
DIY Solar Isn’t for Everyone
Ok so while DIY solar is definitely doable no matter what the naysayers say, that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. Installing your own panels is a HUGE project and it can be extremely intimidating.
Some people just don’t have the time, resources, skills or desire to do DIY. That’s totally fine. Here are a few other ways to save money on solar:
- Install a smaller system that you can add to later on
- Pick panels that are less expensive but still good quality
- Shop around for quotes (this is proven to get you the best price)
- Buy from solar wholesale, (spoiler alert: we always have the best price)
DIY Solar Can Be Dangerous
Installing solar panels is serious stuff. If you know how to work on a roof or use a ladder safely you might be rolling your eyes but if you don’t have experience doing that kind of work you can really hurt yourself.
Every year thousands of people are hurt or killed in falling accidents. According to the National Safety Council , “Falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for all age groups, except for 15- to 24-year-olds,”
Not to mention the fact that you’re working with high-voltage electronics. If you’ve somehow wired your system incorrectly you could get hurt or you could start a fire. Hopefully any problems would get caught before the power gets turned on but if not, you’re in trouble.
DIY Solar Can Save Your Big Bucks
There are a few cons that have truth to them but one of the biggest facts about installing your solar yourself is there is potential for huge savings. We’re talking thousands of dollars! So if you have the skills and the desire it definitely makes sense.
We have customers that chose the DIY route and expect their solar to pay for itself in under five years. That’s insane! Can you imagine having to pay next to nothing for your electricity for 20-25 years?
We can help you achieve just that!