Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on May 24, 2018 6:38:30 AM
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Installing solar panels on your roof or on the ground near your home is a great way to reduce both your environmental footprint and your utility bill. Solar panels can also increase the resale value of your home because future owners will enjoy lower energy costs. Many solar panel systems have a lifespan of 20-30 years or more, which means you continue to enjoy savings long after the cost has been paid off. By saving on installation costs, you can reach that point even faster.

While many companies provide solar panel installation, it is possible to install some systems on your own. Whether you are an avid DIYer or just want to save a little cash, these home solar panels are designed to be installed by people with basic construction skills.

GigaWatt Solar Kits

GigaWatt DIY solar panel kits come with everything you need to install a rooftop solar system, including:

  • Solar panels
  • Inverters that tie into the grid
  • Mounting racks and hardware

While most kits come with these basics, GigaWatt includes a few other items that make DIY solar installation even easier. When you install panels on your roof, your local jurisdiction will likely require a permit. GigaWatt makes this process go more smoothly with custom-engineered plan sets that include the necessary documents for securing permits and connecting to local utilities.

You can get kits with either ground mount frames or roof mount systems with hardware specified for the type of roof you have, including composite shingle, tile, wood shake, metal, and low-slope roofs.

Wholesale Solar Grid-Tied Packages

Most residential solar installations are grid-tied systems that supplement the electricity provided by the local utility. These systems are easier to install than off-grid systems and do not require large batteries for storage. Not every company offers DIY solar kits, which is why Wholesale Solar has compiled kits with panels and inverters from multiple manufacturers including:

  • SolarEdge inverters
  • SMA inverters
  • Enphase microinverters
  • Magnum Energy inverters
  • Canadian Solar panels
  • SolarWorld panels
  • LG panels
  • Astroenergy panels

With multiple combinations and kit options, you can find the solution that best fits your energy needs.

Box Store Solar Panels

Large box stores and online outlets like Home Depot, Costco, and Amazon are now selling solar panels that you can install yourself. Many of these systems are designed for smaller applications like campers, RVs, and cabins, so make sure the products you buy are appropriate for your intended use.

When evaluating the various systems available at these stores, consider more than the price. A high-quality solar panel system might cost a little more, but it will last much longer and operate more efficiently.

Solar products sold through these channels are often just components, and you have to buy all of the pieces separately. If you are looking for a complete kit, make sure everything is included in the product you decide to purchase.  

Assemble Your Own System

You don’t have to choose a solar panel kit, although it can be more efficient because all of the components will work together. However, if you have the interest and the technical knowledge, you can design your own system and buy separate components directly from the manufacturers or through distributors. This approach allows for maximum customization, but it might be beyond the skill set of the average homeowner.

Of course, solar panels are not the only way to reduce your footprint and save money. Adair Homes allows you to build a sustainable custom home with high-quality windows and doors, and eco-friendly materials for both the interior and exterior of your home. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.