Many able and crafty people have enjoyed the do-it-yourself (DIY) label. Shows, websites, and social media showing you how to do things you have never done before, or maybe you have always been a hands-on individual that likes to get in the mix. If you are going to trust anyone, why not yourself? While DIY can be fun and grant the satisfaction of accomplishment, many advise against installing your solar PV system that way. Residential solar is a wonderful thing, so why invite the possibility of not harnessing this lucrative power effectively? There are many hurdles and unforeseen challenges if you have never done a residential installation. However, to walk the line of objectivity, we will outline the pros and cons of solar DIY.
The DIY benefits that you hear the most about:
DIY is indeed a cheaper option. You might only pay around $11,000 instead of almost $30,000 by not using a solar contractor, depending on system size of course. You can save on labor costs, pick the most economical equipment, pay as you go, and still take advantage of solar incentives. You get to pick what brands you want, mix and match as you choose, and put the solar system where you want it. Not to mention how intimately familiar you will be with your system and can identify issues yourself. You can even save yourself from a bad solar contractor experience. If you don’t understand something, you can always learn from the internet, right? Who needs a professional? These are excellent points and attract many people to the solar DIY strategy.
So, what are we missing? Why isn’t everyone doing residential solar installs themselves? Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
Those are some questions you must answer just to start. Even if you know some of these or feel you can learn, can you know enough to get your system’s optimal output to give you the best return on your investment? That’s one reason why people utilize solar contractors.
While there are some benefits to DIY, solar systems are quite complex. Do-it-yourself solar introduces a burden of having to do a lot of research and possible trial and error. Not to mention, ensuring you meet your locality’s code enforcement.
Besides just the know-how to install residential solar, there are a few more disadvantages to doing solar DIY:
These are in addition to the questions above. Solar energy is a wonderful thing, but installing it should not be taken likely. While turnkey with a solar contractor is more expensive, you get many benefits:
Using a solar contractor gives you the best bang and system for your buck. Though it may cost more upfront, you get the experience and know-how to tap into every money-saving incentive possible, maximize your savings with the utility company, and get a top-performing system that can provide all your power needs. For us, the choice is clear, and we can help you assess your options to make the best choice. Most DIY starters end up with a solar contractor eventually. Save yourself the time and money. Let us help.