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DIY Solar Installation

Many customers enter the Do-It-Yourself Solar process confused, nervous and often times questioning their confidence when taking on such a project.

In truth, installing your own solar energy kit isn’t as difficult as you may think. Does it take some work? Yes! Do you need a construction background to do it right? Definitely not. So why not follow in the footsteps of thousands of other DIY solar customers to save thousands on your solar project?

Quickly build confidence as you move through the step-by-step project timeline below. If you get stuck or need questions answered, we’re here to support you with start-to-finish design advice and post-sale tech support.

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    Your ABC's to DIY Solar

    Since 2002, we’ve helped thousands of customers research, design and install their DIY solar systems with confidence.

    Whether you choose a 100% DIY approach, or hire a local contractor to help with installation and electrical hookup, everything you need to conquer your DIY solar project starts right here on this page.

    We’ve created tons of videos, articles, tutorials, guides and tools to make the whole process simple and easy to follow.

    Ready? Let’s get started...

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    The Math.

    Solar energy systems can pay for themselves in only a few years by taking advantage of reduced utility bills and available incentives from local, state and federal tax credits.

    Read the article to learn how to calculate solar’s value as a long-term investment. In a rush? Here’s the ROI formula:

    (Total Installed System Cost - 30% Federal Tax Credit) ÷ Value of Electricity Generated ÷ Your Annual Electricity Usage = Payback Time

    Use our Solar Cost Calculator to estimate your system size for Off-Grid, Grid-Tie or Grid-Tie + Energy Storage solar energy package solutions.

  • B

    Choose Your Solar Energy System

    The most important choice is the type of system you need.

    Grid-Tie or Grid-Tie + Energy Storage systems (if you want battery backup) are designed for properties “tied” to utility access. Off-Grid systems are self-sustained and designed to deliver power without access to the grid.

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    What Size Solar System Kit Do I Need?

    Not sure what size solar energy package you need to cover your monthly usage?

    Use our Solar Calculators to get a tailored system size estimate based on your zip code and some basic power usage data (found on your energy bill). The calculator will provide an early estimate of cost and space requirements to give you a sense of the scope for your project.

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    Research, Explore and Learn

    Over the years, we’ve compiled a massive database of articles and tools in our Solar Information Center to aid your research. It’s free to access by anyone.

    To dive even deeper (and become a DIY Solar Expert), we offer in-depth guides on important solar topics, tax credits and core solar system components. Subscribe once and receive all solar guides for free. (We NEVER share your information with any third party.)

  • E

    Early Help Goes a Long Way!

    Speak with our Design Techs early in the process---they’re here to help! Customers who seek help early nearly always have a smoother process from planning to installation. While not incredibly difficult, buying and installing solar can pose unforeseen issues. Our knowledgeable design team can catch problems early on, and our tech team reviews all diagrams and plans to ensure your system is up to code.

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    The FUN Part! Select Your Solar Power System

    When you’re ready to choose your solar system kit or custom package, browse our Products and let the fun begin! Your design tech is available to help put your order together.

    All of our Off Grid and Grid Tie package pages clearly list the components and parts for your selected system, or necessary for any customized solar power solution.

    We only feature brands we trust that have a stable history in the solar industry.

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    Need Permitting Help? Yes, We Help WIth That Too!

    For most installations, you will need a permit to ensure your system and installation is up to code in your local area or state. This is especially true for all Grid-Tie system installations.

    Our design techs can offer valuable insights to help you navigate the permitting process. We can even recommend outside services to handle permitting for you.

    For more permitting guidance, download our Solar Permit Guide below.

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    Big Packages = Freight Shipping

    Obviously, a full solar power system package isn’t wrapped in a small shipping box. Your solar kit arrives on large, heavy pallet, and will need to be inspected on delivery to ensure you’re ready to start your installation.

    Make sure you understand freight shipping logistics and have enough space available to receive your order. Watch the video below for an overview of the process:

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    You Got the Basics.
    Ready for DIY Solar Boot Camp?

    Be a DIY Solar Pro (in 2 hours or Less … Seriously!)

    Thanks for checking out DIY Solar basics. As you can see, almost anyone can install solar with the right information, confidence and support.

    Now, Let’s Learn HOW to Power Your Own Way!

    Make your experience and concern selections, then sign up for our Free DIY Solar Boot Camp.

    *Wholesale Solar will never share your information with a third party.

Customer Testimonials



Still not sure you’re ready to take on a DIY solar project? Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. Take a look at our Install of the Month feature, where we showcase the awesome systems that Wholesale Solar customers have built for themselves.

If these folks can do it, so can you!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really install my own solar electric system?

Yes! Over half of our customers install and maintain their own solar power systems. Some hire extra help for part of the installation. Most have an electrician connect the wires to your home electrical panel.

If you commit to the research, there’s nothing stopping you from completing the entire installation yourself. Of course, if you get stuck, our experienced design and support team is here to lend advice and get you back on track.

Can I build my own solar panels?

We suggest leaving solar panel manufacturing to the companies who keep tight control on production quality and safety. You can find information on the web about building DIY solar panels, but we don't recommend it because the panels would not be approved for permitting.

However, there's plenty you can do yourself—sizing your system, picking components, mounting and installing the solar panels, inverter(s), safety disconnects, and so on. The more you do yourself, the more you’ll save.

How big of a solar system will I need?

Your system size depends on your unique circumstances. Some common factors that influence system size are:

  • current energy usage
  • budget
  • available build space
  • temperature
  • exposure to sunlight
  • future plans for system expansion

We have two calculators to help you size your system:

To understand what we factor into these calculations, take a look at our article: "How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?"

Of course, there’s no substitute for personalized help. Give us a call at 1-800-472-1142 to connect with an expert solar tech. We’ll help you design the perfect system for your needs.

How much does DIY solar cost?

The cost of your system will depend on how much electricity you plan to use. To estimate the answer to that question:

  • Check your electric bills for how much power you use during your highest months of usage.
  • Decide whether you’ll be paying for an installer or not.
  • Learn about the solar incentives that may be available to you.
  • Contact your county or city building department to learn about installing "to code"—both for safety, and to pass inspection.

In over your head? Call us at 1-800-472-1142.

Can I self-install a grid-tied solar power system?

Many of our grid-tied customers do. Grid-tied solar—for homes that are already plugged into utility power—is less complex to install than off-grid and can be easily expanded.

Because you are tying into the utility grid, your installation may be more regulated. Check out the regulations, legislation, and policies in your state, and plan to have an electrician or licensed contractor do the final hook-up.

Can I self-install an off-grid solar power system?

Of course! Off-grid solar power is for independent-minded people who want no restrictions on where they choose to live. Off-grid solar power allows you to buy undeveloped land that you can afford more easily. Where other people wouldn’t have power, you’ll have clean, effective solar energy.

Know What System You Need Now?

Our design techs are ready to get your system designed, packaged, and on its way for your DIY install.

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