DIY Vs Professional Solar Panel Installation

Solar panels are a popular alternative energy source for homeowners as they harness light from the sun and convert it into usable, clean, and cheap electricity. With the popularity of DIY, some people are considering installing solar panels on their own instead of hiring a professional solar panel company to install them.

Before deciding which route to take if you are considering solar panels,  it is essential to understand the pros and cons of DIY and professional solar panel installation, respectively, and that is precisely what we will help you do as you read through this blog post.

DIY Solar Panel Installation

DIY solar panel installation involves purchasing a solar panel kit and installing it yourself. This option appeals most to people with electrical experience who want to save money. DIY solar panel kits typically come with instructions that guide you through the installation process; however, remember that installing solar panels is not a simple task and can take considerable time and effort.

Pros of DIY Solar Panel Installation

  • Cost Savings: DIY solar panel installation can save much money compared to hiring professionals. This is because you only need to pay for the solar panel kit, not the labour costs.
  • Flexibility: With DIY solar panel installation, you have more flexibility in choosing the type of solar panel, mounting system, solar batteries and inverter that suits your needs and budget.
  • Job Satisfaction: A sense of achievement and satisfaction comes with completing a large DIY project, especially one that will save you money on your energy bills.

Cons of DIY Solar Panel Installation

  • Lack of Experience: Solar panel installation requires electrical knowledge and experience. If you do not have either of these, you risk damaging the solar panels, injuring yourself, or installing your solar energy system incorrectly.
  • Time-Consuming: DIY solar panel installation can be time-consuming, especially if you are not experienced and do not know the quickest ways to progress the project. This means that it may take you longer to install the solar panels.
  • Warranty At Risk: Many solar panel kits come with a limited warranty. If you install the solar panel incorrectly, you may void the warranty and be unable to get a refund or replacement if something goes wrong.

Professional Solar Panel Installation

Professional solar panel installation involves hiring a professional company to supply and install your solar panel system. This option appeals most to people who do not have electrical experience, want to ensure the installation is done safely and correctly, and are willing to pay for the convenience.

Pros of Professional Solar Panel Installation

  • Safety: Professional solar panel installers are trained and experienced in handling electrical components, ensuring that the installation is done safely and meets local building codes and regulations.
  • Quicker Instal: Professional solar panel installers have the experience and knowledge to complete the installation quickly and efficiently, allowing you to start using your solar panel system sooner.
  • Warranty: Professional solar panel installers typically offer a warranty on the solar system equipment they supply and its installation, which can give you peace of mind knowing that any issues that arise will be sorted.

Cons of Professional Solar Panel Installation

  • Cost: Hiring a professional solar panel installer will invariably cost more than installing it yourself. The cost will depend on the solar panel system’s size and its installation’s complexity.
  • Limited Options: When hiring a professional, you may not have as much flexibility in choosing the type of solar panel system that suits your needs and budget. The installer may recommend specific products they supply, which may not be the most cost-effective option.

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