Thinking of buying a DIY solar kit? Here’s why you might want to think again…
The rising cost of electricity is one of the leading factors driving home owners to have solar energy systems installed. That same need to save money is also leading people to consider the purchase and installation of do-it-yourself (DIY) solar kits being sold at places like Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, IKEA, and Amazon.
There is no doubt that DIY solar installations can save you a lot of money, but before going the DIY route there are some important things to consider.
The Quality of the DIY Solar Kit
The quality of the material that makes up the DIY solar kit is an important factor. Generally, you will be able to judge the quality of the kit from its manufacturing origin. In many cases, DIY solar kits are made in China, which is a hub for producing low priced products with low quality standards. Cheap is not always good, and this is especially important when purchasing this critical system that you will be using in your home. In fact, choosing the cheaper way out may have the opposite effect of saving on electricity cost; since low quality solar kits may not prove to be efficient and durable as others.
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Overall Compatibility Of DIY Solar Kits
The performance of your solar kit hinges on its compatibility with other components that work in conjunction with your solar energy system. Such components include microinverters which convert direct current into alternating current for your home. If your system is not compatible with this and other components, purchasing a DIY solar kit can prove costly. You will need to do some technical research before making such a purchase.
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Installation Of DIY Solar Kits
A DIY solar kit is designed to encourage individuals to pursue the installation on their own. However, the reality is that the installation of a solar energy system is not like putting a TV stand together. It would be strongly advised that if you do not have any electrical or construction experience, you probably need to hire a professional to get the job done. In doing so, you must know, that many companies and solar technicians are hesitant in using these DIY solar kits, and even if they agree to installation, a performance warranty or production guarantee is very unlikely.
Additionally, a number of these DIY solar kits do not come packaged with all the hardware required for the successful installation of an operational solar system. Between the non-inclusion of these essential components, missing parts and label warning that “panels are subject to change”, buying a DIY solar kit can spell headache for a potential installation.
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Solar Rebates and Tax Credits May Not Apply On DIY Solar
One of the advantages of getting a solar system professionally installed is the opportunity to obtain available rebates from your utility company. The only catch is that the system must be installed properly and meet certain minimum standards. These rebates can spell huge financial savings for the average customer, but you will need to find out if a DIY solar installation may or may not meet eligibility requirements for rebate. Additionally, you will need a licensed electrician to complete your installation, especially if you are intending to receive money for pushing excess solar energy back to the grid.
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In addition to rebates, residential owners can benefit from a 30% federal tax credit for the installation of solar systems on their homes. Just like when dealing with the utility company, to be eligible for such tax credits, you will need a licensed electrician to install and certify the system. So, before you go out and buy one of these DIY solar kits, it would be imperative to speak with a licensed electrician to get a better understanding of all that will be required, so as to avoid denial of available rebates or tax credits.
The Bottom Line On DIY Solar
In summary, installing a solar energy system on your home is indeed a great investment. The potential benefits are extensive, but if you choose to go the route of purchasing and installing a DIY solar kit, it would be helpful to take note of the above mentioned points. At the end of the day, not every home project can be a DIY project. The installation of solar panels call for expert skills and experience. So, before you go running out to buy one of these kits, you should consider whether you are being penny wise but dollar foolish.
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