The Dangers of DIY Solar Panels
If harnessing the free power of the sun and virtually eliminating your electric bill sounds appealing, then perhaps you have thought about installing solar panels. Many homeowners do a little internet research and figure that it looks like a pretty easy do-it-yourself project. Have you ever asked, “Can I DIY solar panels?” Yes, but before you run off to Home Depot or Lowes to buy a home DIY solar panel kit, I want to share with you some of the dangers, risks and pros and cons of DIY solar.
DIY Solar Projects Take Longer
When you undertake a solar panel for home project, you will have to learn what a professional solar installer has taken years of training and experience to acquire. As you start the research process, you will find out that the available components and installation combinations are almost endless. Will you choose monocrystalline, polycrystalline, silicon, or thin-film solar panels? Will you mount it on the roof or in the yard. How will you connect your solar system to the electrical grid to receive utility company rebates? Do you know what permits you will need or what applications need to complete? Do you really have the time to properly and legally install your solar panels?
DIY Solar Panels Can Damage Your Home
You will be connecting your solar panels to the roof and the electrical systems – two systems that have the potential to cause massive damage to a home. If the solar panels are not correctly mounted to the roof, they could cause the roof to leak. Working in an electrical panel is dangerous enough, but do you have the experience to connect your system to the electric company’s grid? If either of these systems cause damage, the repair costs will quickly exceed whatever your saved.
DIY Solar Panels Cost More
The upfront costs of DIY solar kits may be cheaper but they are of inferior quality compared to professional systems. This reduces the life expectancy and increases maintenance costs. In addition to the cost of the home solar kit, you will need to factor in the cost of obtaining building permits, hiring an electrician and perhaps paying for a roof or structural inspection. One of the most important factors to consider, however, is do-it-yourself solar projects may not be eligible for many of the rebates and incentives that require professional installation. In addition, some warranties will require professional installation to be valid.
How Much More Will Professional Installation Cost?
Did you know that hiring a solar professional will only cost you only about 10% more than a DIY solar project? They will assess your needs and create the best system using the highest-grade materials. They will warranty their installation and provide maintenance. They will also ensure that you get every single rebate and tax incentive possible. All this can easily save you more than what you would have saved with a DIY solar panel installation kit.
If you would like to see how a professional solar installation can benefit you, please contact Altair Solar for a free quote.