If you’ve ever considered going solar you might have also thought to yourself, “I can do that!” Well, guess what? You can. Many solar companies will discourage you from taking on the project yourself but here at Solar Wholesale we love helping people get the job done themselves. Doing the installation, or at least part of it, yourself can help you save money. It also allows you to keep things on your own time table if you don’t want to wait for installers to “pencil you in.”
So with DIY you save time and money AND you get the bragging rights of saying that you installed your solar array yourself. What could be better?
Well not only do we offer DIY solar classes, we also sell DIY solar kits so that you’ll have the hardware you need. Like I mentioned before some solar companies discourage DIY solar projects and won’t even sell you panels if you want to do it yourself.
Here’s what’s included in a DIY Solar Kit…
Solar Kit Sizes
Standard solar kits come in:
- 3 kW
- 6 kW
- 7 kW
- 10 kW
It’s ok if you’re not sure what size you need at the moment. We can help you figure that part out as well. What size you should get depends on your budget, house size, energy potential and energy needs.
Choose Your Solar Panels
You can choose between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels. Monocrystalline panels are more efficient and higher-quality while polycrystalline panels are lower quality but more affordable. We carry top brands like Solaria, Silfab and REC Solar. And yes at Solar Wholesale we sell all our solar panels at wholesale prices. Our goal is to help you see a return on your solar investment as quickly as possible.
Choose Your Power Inverter
Solar panels produce direct current or DC electricity. This electricity needs to be converted in alternating current or AC electricity for you to be able to use it in your home. That’s the job of inverters. There are three types of inverters:
- Micro inverter
- Optimizer inverter
- String inverter
We recommend optimizer inverters because they are efficient and more affordable than micro inverters. String inverters are the most inefficient and will limit the potential of your solar power system. Optimizer inverters optimize the system as a whole allowing you to get the most out of your panels. Each panel get it’s own inverter which also makes the system easier to modify in the future if you need to for some reason.
Other Solar Array Hardware
In our DIY solar kits we also include the complete racking and hardware that you’ll need to put the system together and mount it to your house. This includes the snap racks you need to attach the panels to your roof as well as the wiring and trunk cables.
Installing your own solar array can be really exciting but it can also be a little nerve wracking. You want to be safe and do it right the first time. We can help you through the whole process, even if you don’t buy from us! You want to come to one of our free DIY classes? Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get notified on upcoming events!