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Can I Install a Solar System Myself? 

Aug 21

 

DIY Solar Panels. 

You can install your own solar system and it is often cheaper than picking a solar company

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It is important to remember that DIY installations are not automatically eligible for Feed in Tariff payments. These are, for many, the main attraction of PV systems. Every installation must be certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), in order to be eligible for FiT (both generation- and export tariffs) payments.

DIY Solar Panel Kits 

Solar DIY kits are offered by some companies. These kits include everything you need (solar modules and inverter, generator meter, brackets, cabling, etc. To be eligible for FiTs, however, the project must be managed by an MCS-accredited tradesperson. The total cost of this option might not be less than a full solar company installation.

If you intend to use all the solar energy generated by your system, or if your property has no electricity, it is possible to build and install grid solar power panels yourself. However, the financial benefits will be much lower due to the absence of FiT generation and export tariffs.

DIY Solar: The dangers 

You should not install solar panels on your property. This is due to the high height of panels and complicated electrical systems.

A majority of solar systems can be installed either as a ground or roof mount. Roof mounts can be less costly and take less time to install because the roof acts as the main support structure. Ground mounts require that the structure be built. Roof-mount panels are more popular because they don't take up much space in your yard, farm, or garden.

It is not worth the risk if you don't have a team of certified, trained professionals with all the tools and experience needed to safely work.

A single panel can weigh anywhere from 33 to 50 pounds. Depending on the size of your solar system, you will need to haul quite a few panels up to your roof along with the materials needed for racking or wiring. Next comes installation. This will involve positioning and installing these components on an elevated surface.

Installing solar panels on your own is a bad idea unless you are properly trained and have the necessary personal protective equipment. It's not worth taking the chance of falling.

Another risk is the amount of electrical work that you will need to do. A solar panel can produce several hundred volts of electric power when exposed to the sun. This is enough to cause serious damage if the panel is touched incorrectly or accidentally.

You could also cause damage to the building where the solar system is installed. The wires will carry electricity. The system can be damaged if the components are not properly installed.

New Solar Installations and the Regulatory Challenges 

You cannot order parts and just jump on your roof to start installing a system. You will need to go through a number of paperwork steps. For solar DIY-ers, this can be frustrating and time-consuming.

First, get a permit from the local building department. It will require you to share details of how you plan to install the system. You will need to show how the panels attach onto your roof. Also, you'll need to prove that your roof can withstand the extra weight of your solar system.

Once you have obtained the required building permits, your utility company will require that the details of your system be submitted to them for permission to connect it to the grid. In most states, net metering is also required. This will ensure that your solar system generates enough electricity to be compensated.

No matter which method you use, the complete Solar Installation Guide will guide you through every aspect of DIY solar panels. It includes system design, planning, setup, and maintenance. 

DIY solar is a way to take control of your own solar project. A DIY solar system can take more work, but you can still be your own project manager and save thousands by setting up your solar panels. You have the option to hire local laborers, build it yourself, or combine both.

It has been proven that solar energy is a safe and reliable way to produce your own electricity. This can be seen in the 630+ GW amount of solar energy that has been installed all over the globe by 2020. But mistakes can have severe ramifications, just like any other electrical system.