In 2 minutes we’ll show you how Do-It-Yourself Solar Power will save you thousands with affordable home solar (and commercial)!
Do-It-Yourself solar systems put you in control when you build your own solar power system over "Big Solar" turnkey schemes, saving you thousands!
Plus, our free services save you even more:
These savings and services are impossible with those Big Solar outfits & lease schemes. They’re only interested in bloated profits, not your power savings!
Full transparency here … we coined the term Big Solar representing "big name" solar outfits from TV & glossy magazine ads who oppose cheap solar power installation.
Every day, Big Solar spends Millions on ads claiming:
Sure, having everything done for you is convenient, but convenience costs money - a LOT of money - and extends your solar payback period years.
Shockingly, many customers tell us their turnkey installation estimate was double - sometimes triple - the price of DIY Solar - and - their payback period was often over a decade - or WORSE - even with solar incentives & tax credits.
Disappointed, most felt solar just wasn’t worth the high cost … until … they heard about DIY Solar solutions from Wholesale Solar!
Certainly, parts of any DIY solar electrical system install may best be left to a pro, like an electrician (even required in most grid-tie installs). But, solar isn’t the "scary" myth Big Solar spins - even if you hire some help for a diy solar roof, you’ll still save thousands!
And, tons of customers tell us just how Fun & Easy their installation turned out to be!
Wholesale Solar offers drastically reduced "wholesale" pricing on systems and components for DIY Solar electric power for homes or businesses & sells direct to You.
Since 2002, we’ve shown thousands of customers how to install solar power systems for homes, commercial, even local independent installers and contractors — saving thousands each time. We have been featured in national publications, helped nearly 8,000 thrilled DIY customers, and are proud to be:
Take a quick peek at a few examples from our massive resource library. We’ve consolidated all of our key articles, guides and planning tools into the step-by-step course DIY Solar Workshop.
Inside the workshop, you’ll find dozens of short videos & articles covering basic solar concepts like sizing a system to match your energy usage and getting the best price on your solar panel installation. We even break down simple terms like "What is a Kilowatt Hour?".
Inside the workshop, we cover the three system types: off-grid, grid-tie or grid-tie with energy storage. This is the single most important choice, as it sets the stage for the entire project. Get a jumpstart and check out the Getting Started guide below.
Plan & estimate your perfect system with a ballpark estimate of size and cost to go solar. Plus, get system comparisons based on your preferences, including DIY vs installer savings. The workshop is filled with planning tools, calculators and helpful advice.
We offer solar power systems that work using the industry’s most proven, trusted brands. From packaged kits to custom design solutions, you can be confident you’re buying high-quality, lasting products with expert support and service for life. Ready for the fun part?
Your solar power system is carefully packed, crated and shipped from our warehouse in Mt. Shasta, CA. Watch this video for an overview of the shipping process:
Oh, did we mention we offer Free Shipping on all complete solar power systems (& hundreds of individual products)? See our free shipping page to learn how to save even more on your project.
You made it! You system arrived and you’re ready to tackle your DIY solar installation. Our workshop is packed with installation guides and videos to walk you through the process.
If you get stuck, our in-house tech support team is here to help you with any issues. We’re in this together—before, during and long after the sale.
"When the system came I was initially a bit overwhelmed by the amount of stuff, but the WWS website had videos that, within 25 minutes had me ready to do the job. Many folks have asked me about my system and are surprised that I did it myself, or that one can do it on your own. Every roof!"
"Just finished the install and found all the components to be of great quality and fit. Ian was great, helpful and professional. I completed the install myself, so I found the install instructions with each item to be helpful. When I did have questions I just called Ian and got my answers."
"I did a lot of research and Wholesale Solar kept coming up with the best reviews, plus local people that had worked with Wholesale Solar previously raved about them. I was paired up with Cheyenne as my contact. She ALWAYS treated me with respect and patiently answered all my questions (treated me with customer service rarely found in today’s world)."
"Jeremy Allen at Wholesale Solar advised me with competence and patience, going through several commutations before I understood everything and could make a decision. I did some comparison shopping and found that their pricing was very fair, considering that they take responsibility for delivering a complete and well designed system."
"They gave me all the support I needed to apply for permits, and information on how to assemble the system. When I had questions Wil was there to help. Since I completed my system, my neighbor has bought and installed his system from Wholesale solar; my cousin saw my system and also bought two systems from them."
"Purchased a 6kW off grid system from Wil. I had no previous solar experience, some previous homeowner type electrical work: installing a new circuit, adding a sub panel, etc... Bolted everything together following the manuals, closed the breakers and all worked. Had a few questions/calls on tuning and maximizing performance and all were answered promptly."
"Wholesale Solar and John Grenvik where a pleasure to do business with. I found it interesting and quite unusual that John would not let me up-size my battery bank beyond what my panels would support on my off grid system, as he said I would be destroying the batteries by their not getting a full charge. How's that for looking out for the customer even at the expense of additional sales."
"Wholesale Solar and Jeremy Champt were the greatest to work with. They helped with all my needs to make the DYI project as smooth as possible. Wasn't sure about ordering from an online company, much less from California since I'm in PA. And indeed they did deliver as promised. Thanks for all your help with making it a great experience!"
"I came across Wholesale Solar's website and found out that we could purchase a system and install it ourselves. I researched their products and called several times with questions. Wil was readily available to answer every question, spent time looking at pictures that I sent of our property, and gave us several options that he felt would work well.
"I have been looking for a reasonable DIY solar kit off and on for years. After coming across wholesale solar I had a few questions. From the first response I felt like I was respected and valued as a customer. Which is pretty rare these days. I would highly recommend Wholesale solar to anyone looking for a kit at a great price and fantastic service before and after the sale."
"I purchased a self install solaredge system package from Wholesale Solar a year ago and they were helpful before and after the sale. This year my parents bought a similar system and the experience was just as positive. Everyone from Ian Shurtleff the design/sales rep to the people at the warehouse were helpful and friendly."
"Even though I had never done an installation before the wiring diagram they provided was custom to the job. I still had questions along the way and the staff always took the time to help, particularly Jeremy Champt who spent a lot of time with me. I couldn't have asked for anything more."
"I purchased an approximate 10kw ground mount system which included the electrical diagram and all vendor documents. It was a straightforward installation without any code issues with the AHJ or the local electric company. I would highly recommend them for a DIY installation. Thanks for all the assistance!"
"Jeremy was easy to work with and instilled confidence from the beginning. I never felt pressured to purchase, and every question was answered. I felt confident and I knew that if I had a question or an issue he would help. On the installation, I was a bit nervous at first but once I understood the layout and installation it went together quite fast, and it was relatively easy."
"My job is sales for a manufacturing company. I understand that small things can happen like damage during shipping or the occasional missing part. A really great company Is determined by how they address the problem. Wholesale Solar, in my opinion, is one of the few really great companies."
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!
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.
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.
Your system size depends on your unique circumstances. Some common factors that influence system size are:
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.
The cost of your system will depend on how much electricity you plan to use. To estimate the answer to that question:
In over your head? Call us at 1-800-472-1142.
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.
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.
Our design techs are ready to get your system designed, packaged, and on its way for your DIY install.
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