Solar has become the hot new item of 2018. So many ways and incentives for going solar. One popular solar trend is DIY solar kits. Now DIY solar should not be used for residential rooftop solar due to the complicated nature of the process but smaller off-grid projects are great for DIY hacks.
DIY kit and plans can be found all over the internet. While looking for the a kit make sure that plenty of support is offered, read the reviews and see what other people have liked and disliked about the kit before you buy. Remember you get what you pay for, often times the cheeper is not the better buy. Kits are sold on Amazon, Home Depot, and camping stores like Cabela’s.
Another great source for info is the amazing YouTube. Great tutorials on kits and info can be found by youtubers that promote self relience. One of my favorite videos is about solar for your RV
As I stated before DIY kits can be used for small projects but should never be used for your residential solar needs. Always reach out to a professional with any questions. Inty Solar is always available to answer any solar questions, they can help size and shop DIY kits with you.
Why don’t DIY kits do not work for residential solar needs?
The complications are endless. First and foremost when dealing with electricity you need s licensed electrician to check every step, electricians do not come cheap the going rate is about $100 an hour. When it comes to getting permits that is another mess. Each and every plan has to be submitted and approved through the city. Sometimes city lingo and processes can make you crazy enough to pull your hair out. But before you can even start on those you need yo have engineering design a system that can match your needs but also what would be acceptable to code for your roof. After you have had an electrician, engineer and all the city permits needed you need to have the system installed. The installation process requires a crew that can work with the electrician. The most dangerous part of the process is the installation.
In fact, the 3 most common ways solar installers die are, in no particular order:
1. Falling off the roof 2. Falling through a skylight 3. Electrocution
Our Partner SunPumps has great resources when it comes to calculating what you need or videos to help you with your projects https://www.sunpumps.com/