What to Know Before You DIY Solar

What to Know Before You DIY Solar

Solar power is a great investment for your home, for your power bill and for the future of the planet. There’s a lot of reasons to go solar and many people do it every year. With millions of solar panels powering homes and businesses all across America, solar is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our power infrastructure.

The only drawback that many people see to investing in solar is that it’s just too expensive. Even if the panels are cheap, the installation can get pricey pushing your payback period out longer and longer.

That’s why so many of our customers opt to do this installation themselves. Some DIYers just like the pride of installing their own system. They like having a project and working with their hands and also knowing the ins and outs of their own system. Whether you enjoy the extra benefits of working with your hands or you’re just in it for the savings you can definitely install your own system.That doesn’t mean you have to install the whole thing by yourself though. You’ve got some options.

Do It Yourself Doesn’t Mean Do It All Yourself

Installing your own solar array can seem daunting, especially if you don’t have a lot of DIY or construction experience. There are parts that are more high-risk or dangerous than others but the great thing about DIY is that you can choose which parts you’ll do yourself and which parts you want to pass on to someone else.

Even if you were to only do some of the work yourself and get somebody else to take the parts you’re not comfortable with, you’ll still be able to save money. We have many customers that install the roof mounts and panels themselves but then hire an electrician to hook up the panels and do the wiring.

Just know that you’re not alone through this process even if you choose to do DIY. At Wholesale Solar we offer free, in-person DIY classes to show you step-by-step how to install your solar array. You can follow us on Facebook to find out when our next class is.

DIY Design and Permitting

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One of the toughest parts of the solar process can be design and permitting. You could design a system yourself but getting one designed for you helps to maximize your energy output. The whole reason that you’re installing a solar array is so you can harness the power of the sun. If you’re not maximizing your output, what’s the point?

With a professionally designed system you’ll know how many panels you need and also where you need to put them. Roof angle, direction and shading can all play a role in the design of the system and being able to make the most of your home’s potential.

Another potentially frustrating part of the solar process is getting permitted so that you can actually start using the system. There’s nothing worse than getting all dressed up with no place to go. We stay up to date with the permit requirement and help ensure that your permits are approved.

At Solar Wholesale we offer an EZ permit and design service to take care of these two tricky pieces of the solar puzzle. With the EZ Permit and Design you get a design and sun/shade analysis report to accurately help you forecast how much power you can expect to get from you solar panels.

The Takeaway

Some solar companies don’t want you to do DIY or say that it’s not possible but at Solar Wholesale, we’re here to tell you that it is possible. You can save big money when you install your own solar array and we can help you do it on your own.

From classes, to customer service and EZ Permitting and Design, we’re here to help you get the job done on your own and save some serious cash while you’re at it.

Read: What Comes in a DIY Solar Kit

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