More and more people are relying on solar power to keep their homes energized. Although they’re most popular in California, people across the country have started installing solar panels – even those living in cold climates.
Perhaps you’re one of the people interested in solar panel installation. But you want to do it for a bit less money — you want to know if you can DIY solar panel installation yourself.
Before you grab your toolkit, read on. You ask, “Can I install my own solar panels?” and we have your answer.
DIY Solar Panel Installation: The Basics
For starters, it’s important to know that, legally, yes, you can install solar panels yourself. In some countries outside of the US, that wouldn’t be the case. But, if you live in one of the 50 states, you’re in luck.
Beyond that, though, the question is, can you actually install them yourself? For most people, the answer to that question will, unfortunately, be no.
Calculate How Much Power You Need
Do you know how much power your home needs to run? You’ll need to find this out — and then figure out how many solar panels will be necessary to fuel your house in that way.
Buy the Equipment
Once you’ve figured out how many panels you need, you’ll have to buy them, of course. But you’ll need more than just solar panels — you’ll need mounting equipment and the rest of the electrical equipment to get your solar panels up, running, and powering your home.
Install It All
The final step of the DIY will be, of course, to install your solar system onto your roof, in your yard, or somewhere else where it will collect lots of light. Now, this will be a very detailed process — and one that requires a pretty experienced DIY-er. Be honest with yourself and your abilities before you attempt this job yourself.
Get the Permits
You can’t just install a solar panel, turn it on and enjoy. You have to get all of the right permits to use your new grid.
That likely starts with a permit to install your solar panels. After that, you will need to contact your local utility provider and ask for permission to connect to the local grid and turn on your panels, too.
This process can be lengthy and tough to navigate, especially if you don’t have a lot of permit-related know-how. If the installation isn’t daunting enough, this is another reason why most people will hire a contract for a home solar installation.
Can I DIY My Home Solar Installation?
Now you know what it would take to DIY solar panel installation. You know your skills better than anyone else. Can you handle the above steps?
If so, it’s time to start calculating your energy usage and solar needs. If not, call in the pros — they can create a grid that’s up to code and more than able to power your home. Either way, your abode will run on green energy, which is great for the planet and for you.
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