DIY Solar vs Professional Installation
So you’ve been thinking about getting solar and are ready to pull the trigger. The last question is do you do the work yourself or do you hire someone to handle everything from start to finish? That really depends on different variables and skills that you may or may not have. Let us dive into the different skills needed for a DIY solar project and then touch upon letting go of the reins and having a company handle everything for you.
If you are a handy person, we are sure DIY might sound appealing to you. Installing your own solar system can sound exciting and potentially cost beneficial. When you install your own solar system, you have to look at it as a full construction project, because ultimately, that is what it is. You could save money because you won’t have to pay the labor costs of the installation crew, the insurance that a crew will hold due to them being on your roof, the electricians, or the administration costs of the people designing your system and pulling permits from the city or county for the system. But you will also have to take on that responsibility of handling that because no one else will.
Aspects that you will take on by doing a DIY solar project:
- Purchase of all the equipment (this includes solar panels, inverters, mounting equipment, wiring, conduit, tools needed to install everything, electrical equipment, etc,
- Designing your system (if you don’t want to pay for a pre-established design)
- Pulling Permits
- Cooperating with utility company
- Putting in the hours to install the system
- Inspecting the system and testing it
For a general contractor who is trained, this could be a simple task for you. If you are an electrician, you probably could also install your own system. But if you are someone who knows how to handle power tools, but doesn’t know the ins and outs of electrical equipment and has never had to go to the city to pull a permit for a construction project, then doing your own solar system could be a greater challenge. That isn’t to say that you couldn’t figure it out, many of times we have seen people who have the resources and help from friends who are professionally trained and they do a great job of banding together to get the job done correctly. The real question would be…is it worth the time and effort to do the job yourself? To some it is, and that is awesome. To others, it doesn’t make sense.
If you are one of the people who don’t have the skill-set and time to install your own system, then you should opt for having a solar company handle your solar project from start to finish. This is what many families do throughout America because it’s easier and in the end, costs less due to the learning curve required. In essence, this type of customer just needs to let the solar company know what their home uses for electricity over the past year by giving them their utility bill, and picking what type of product make most sense for them. They can choose their type of financing, where they want their panels to go, and then sit back and watch as they save thousands on their electricity bills.
Both options are great, but both options might not be best suited for each person. Some can do the DIY approach while others are better suited for the full service solar company approach. Here at Solar Brothers, we supply both options. Our job is to help guide you through which makes most sense to you and your project. Whether you are a single mom, a family looking to save money on their bills, a commercial property owner looking to cut expenses, or a contractor looking for equipment for his/her upcoming project. We are here to help you all. Let us know your needs and we will help guide the way to a better future.