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DIY Solar System: How to Install Solar Panels

Solar power is becoming the standard in cities across the United States. Not only do they help you save money on your electricity bill, but there are also various tax incentives you can use to get some money back on your investment.

However, there’s still the initial cost of hiring a solar company to come and install the system. Instead of spending money for someone else to do it for you, why not try a DIY solar system?

DIY Solar System: how to install solar panels

Keep reading to learn more about how to get started with DIY solar panels.

DIY Solar System Installation

Design Your DIY Solar System

First of all, you’ll need to make a plan and design your DIY solar system. Figure out how much solar electricity you’ll need for your household and decide what kind of installation you’re going for.

If you have plenty of open roofing available, you can install the system on top of your home. Alternatively, you can opt for one installed in your back or front yard.

Purchase Equipment

Once you know what kind of design you want, you have to go out and purchase the equipment. You’ll need the solar panel, an inverter, wiring and connectors, and mounting materials among other things.

Luckily, you can find complete solar panel kits online that come with everything you will need. They come in different models, such as off-grid kits and whole home kits. Look for ones with financing options if you need them.

Install Racking or Mounts

You’ve taken the time to buy all the equipment for your DIY solar system. Now, on to solar installation.

Usually, a solar power system must be mounted onto a rack or some kind of equipment. However, you can also find newer, thin panels that peel and stick to your roof.

Keep all of your components close together to minimize any room for damage. If your system came with predrilled holes, it should be much easier to install the mount.

DIY solar panel installation

Connect Solar Panel

The components of a basic solar power system go together as follows. The solar panel connects to the regulator, which then goes into your battery. The battery connects to both your DC loads and inverter, which in turn connects to your AC loads.

The solar panel you’ve purchased should specify the size of the wires you should use if it didn’t come with them. After that, you’ll need to contact your utility company to approve and connect your rig.

Hire a Professional if Needed

You should not try to DIY a solar system if you’re not experienced with electrical wiring. Instead, hire a professional who works with solar panels. They can prevent you from accidentally burning your house down or blowing out your appliances.

Generate Solar Power at Home

Solar energy is great for the environment and can really help improve your property’s value. Just make sure if you decide to try a DIY solar system that you know exactly what you’re doing. It’s not a job for an amateur.

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