You believe that solar power would be beneficial to your home, so you wish to purchase solar panels. Should you do the job yourself, or should you hire a professional? Consider the following pros and cons before you make your decision:
Hiring a Professional
The professionals have the experience necessary to do the job right. Solar companies that have been in business for several years have at least that many years of experience installing solar panels. In addition to that, some states require that these companies obtain licenses and meet qualifications to do this job. These professionals are also in a position to know how to determine how much solar energy your particular home requires as well as the appropriate permits.
The professionals can obtain better materials. Professionally installed solar panels are of higher quality, and generally, this means that they will last longer. They can also purchase high-quality equipment that you cannot purchase at Home Depot. Professionals will also offer you a warranty, so if they need to come back in the future, your repairs may be covered.
There is a lot of paperwork when you hire a professional. The work cannot begin until after you apply for the permits and applications. The company helps you do these things, but the amount of time that it will take to complete the job will be extended. In addition, you may be denied a permit or your utility company may have too many regulations, so your choice of installer will be limited.
Do-It-Yourself Solar Panel Installation
When you purchase a solar kit rather than hire a professional, you will save a lot of money. If you were to have a 5 kilowatt system installed, it would cost between $35,000 and $45,000. If you do the job yourself, you will save on the installation expenses. Therefore, your solar panels will cost around $15,000 for the same type of system.
It’s easy to find a solar panel kit online or at Home Depot. A professional installer would need to order the equipment, and you might have to wait several weeks for it to arrive. Doing it yourself means that you can get started any time you want.
You will have to be familiar with electrical work and construction to do this job right. You have to choose the right size and then you need to buy the equipment. Then, you will have to connect the panels and the inverter and then route the wiring from the inverter to a meter or battery. If you don’t know anything about electricity, you will be in danger of electric shock or starting a fire.