What to Expect
DIY solar is an approach many people are taking today, drawing people in with the huge amount of savings it offers. Solar is not cheap, and you can save thousands of dollars with DIY; many people boast of cutting their overall price in HALF. However, solar installation is also not a piece of cake. There are many factors that need to be assessed to determine if DIY solar is the right option for you. In this guide, we are going to tell you what you should realistically expect with a DIY solar installation project.
What to expect: Savings
What they say is true, DIY solar saves you money…a lot of money. Although there are some additional costs that come with DIY solar (in detail below), the amount you save still greatly exceeds those costs.
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What to expect: Help
A DIY solar installation can be intimidating. Even experienced DIYers have a lot of questions going into a solar installation project. See what the process of initiating a DIY solar project with Practical Preppers looks like below.
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What to expect: Plan Ahead and Work Hard!
If a company is telling you that DIY solar is a piece of cake, they are covering up some dirty details. DIY solar is not easy and requires a lot of planning ahead. There are some serious considerations you will need to take to make sure its right for you. We care about our customers, so we have put together a list of things to consider before making your decision.
Permits and Wiring
You will need to obtain permits and pass a solar inspection (and sometimes a building inspection) when installing solar. An electrician is highly recommended to complete your electrical work to ensure that everything is handled safely and installed to code.
- Find a local electrician with a reasonable day rate
- We provide permit packages that will help you obtain permits in your state
While there are several advantages to ground mounts, they will require more upfront costs and labor during the installation. Listed below are installation options and things to consider:
- Digging holes and pouring concrete vs. pile driver vs. earth anchor. Find out which one is right for you!
- Make sure your soil type is optimal for ground mount
- Know your property lines
- Understand that you will need to dig a trench according to your state’s codes to wire to your electrical components.
These large, fragile panels are going to have to make their way to your rooftop if you are opting for a roof mount system. You need to have a safe plan for transporting these panels, which should involve an extra set of hands.
- Learn how to tie yourself off on a roof
- Use cougar paw steel walker boots on metal roofs
- Make sure your body weight will not damage your roof
- Be aware of weather conditions and how they might affect your ability to work on your roof
- Look into creative ways to transport panels such as building a custom ladder trolly or a raised platform to hold panels during the install.
When you purchase your DIY system with us, you’ll have everything you need coming from one place.
Not to mention the invaluable advice you’ll receive from a company that has been doing this all over the United States for years! We know the in’s and out’s of this business and will be with you every step of the way.
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