Solar power is shining in today’s economy–minded world! People are discovering the magic of little to no cost energy, and they’re getting curious about its power–saving promise. With solar ads popping up all over the web, people are also discovering the DIY solar trend. DIY solar kits seem like the perfect solution. Homeowners get the cream of the crop—low cost installation and energy efficiency. But DIY solar may not be as bright an idea as you might think.
Why we don’t recommend DIY solar:
Effective installation requires training.
Let’s reflect on one important fact about good economic competition: you get what you pay for. Solar professionals go through a significant amount of training for the label expert. Some continue even more advanced training for a NABCEP Certification (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). These professionals didn’t just watch YouTube videos and practice a lot. They earned their expertise and know the ins and outs of properly installing your solar panels.
DIY solar panels don’t last as long.
The standard lifespan of solar panels installed by a professional is 25 years. DIY solar panels don’t last nearly this long and quickly decrease in efficiency. What money you thought you saved upfront may be forfeited when you have to reinstall just a few years later.
Maintenance is a must for DIY solar panels.
You can’t bypass the maintenance required of DIY solar panels. And since you’re the panel provider, you get stuck with this part too. Unfortunately, maintaining DIY solar panels can turn into a full time job, leaving you frustrated and disappointed.
Panels need certification.
As if paying for the DIY kit weren’t enough, you’ll also have to invest a little extra. Solar panels have to be certified before you install them. Certifiers pocket several thousand from your bank account to achieve the certification, and this process can take them months, leaving you no return on your investment until later.
Solar panels need safety inspection.
The headache continues. You have to ensure your DIY panels comply with safety regulations. After an electrical inspector deems the panel safe, you’ll need to contact your local power company about their regulations and comply with those as well.
One mistake could cost thousands.
While you’re working to abide by all regulations and still waiting for that certification, you’ll also have to carefully inspect your roof. Knowing how and where to position your solar panels is incredibly important. A small misjudgment of the condition of your rooftop can essentially cost you thousands in repairs.
While making your own solar panels might agree with your wallet at first, you may regret your choice later when you stumble on a problem you can’t troubleshoot online. You also wouldn’t even blink at those safety inspections if you were working with a top–rated, certified solar professional.
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