Do-It-Your-Way Solar Guide
- Pros, Cons, and Costs
- Pros and Cons of Solar
- Are Solar Panels Worth It?
- Solar Panel Cost Calculator
- Solar Panels ROI
- Federal Solar Tax Credit
- State Solar Incentives
- Solar Lease Guide
- Should You Lease Solar?
- Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?
- Community Solar
- Sun Hours Map
- Solar Electrical Requirements
- Solar Permitting
- Net Metering Guide
- System Design
- Grid-Tied vs. Off-Grid
- How to Size Your Solar System
- Solar Panel Efficiency
- 60 Cell vs. 72 Cell Solar Panels
- Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels
- Best Solar Panels
- Microinverters vs. String Inverters
- Best Grid-Tied Inverters
- Ground Mount vs. Roof Mount Racking
- Best Solar Panel Mounts
- Best Solar Batteries
- Step-by-Step DIY Solar Installation
- Part 1: Planning & Safety
- Part 2: Wiring & Electrical
- Part 3: Mounting Your Panels
- Part 4: Battery Installation
- Monitoring & Maintenance
- Best Solar Panel Monitoring
- Solar Panel Maintenance Cleaning
Pros, Cons, and Costs
DIY solar installation puts you in complete control of your solar project but requires a lot of planning and hard work. By opting to go DIY solar, you can actually cut your costs by more than $12,000 for the average home solar system. Not a bad investment. You can go solar today for about one-third of what it would have cost ten years ago. In fact, the cost of a fully installed system went down from $7.14/watt in 2010 to $2.50/watt by 2020.
DIY solar planning is one of the best ways to ensure your DIY solar installation will go smoothly. Learn all you need to know about preparing for installation, from site evaluation to permitting, with tips and resources for planning to avoid future issues or unexpected costs.
Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?
Read about the potential effects solar can have on property value.
Solar Electrical Requirements
Familiarize yourself with wiring diagrams & some electrical terminology.
Solar panels have an efficiency rating, with a 0.5 to 1% drop every year. Understanding the basic principles of design and what type of system you’ll need will help you maximize solar efficiency
How to Size Your Solar System
Learn how to size your solar system effectively to avoid over or under-sizing.
Solar Panel Efficiency
Read about the efficiency ratings of popular solar panels, and what they mean.
Mono vs. Poly Solar Panels
Read about the differences in monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels.
Microinverters vs. String Inverters
Compare the pros and cons of different solar inverter solutions.
Ground Mount vs. Roof Mount Racking
Compare the two methods of mounting solar panels & see which best fits your needs.
Installing DIY solar panels may be a big project, but with careful planning and a smart system design, you can easily manage your own DIY solar.
Step-by-Step DIY Solar Installation
Read step-by-step instructions, as well as tips and tricks for your solar installation.
Part 2: Wiring & Electrical
Head to part 2 of our step-by-step guide, which covers wiring & electrical.
Part 4: Battery Installation
Head to part 4 of our step-by-step guide, which covers battery installation.
Monitoring & Maintenance
Solar panels generally don’t require a lot of maintenance, but you’ll want to set up monitoring to ensure your system works properly. That way, you can catch problems and fix them right away to avoid unnecessary costs or high electric bills.