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Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation

Your hard work. Our expertise. We’ll teach you what it takes to install your own solar system – even if you don’t have construction experience.

Follow in the footsteps of thousands of people who have completed their DIY solar installation with Wholesale Solar. We’ll walk you through your project from start to finish – and support you every step of the way.

  • DIY SOLAR:

    The Step-By-Step Timeline

    Let’s not mince words: this is going to be a big project. Building your own solar system can seem like a daunting challenge, especially if you don’t have much construction experience.

    Fortunately, we’re here to help. We’ve collected videos, tools and tutorials to guide you through the whole process.

    Whether you do 100% of the job yourself, or enlist a contractor to lend a hand with the labor and electrical hookup, everything you need to complete your DIY solar install is right here on this page.

    Over 6,500 customers have installed a DIY solar system with our guidance. Ready to join the club?

    Here’s how we’ll get it done:

  • 1

    Do the math.

    Between reduced energy bills and tax incentives, solar pays for itself in a few years. Our ROI calculator will show you how long it will take to break even on your investment.

    See the value of solar »

  • 2

    What type of system do you need?

    Do you need a grid-tied or off-grid system? Download our Getting Started Guide to learn the basics.

    Download Guide: “Getting Started With Solar” »

  • 3

    Size your system.

    How large does your system need to be to cover your monthly power usage? Enter your location and monthly power bill into our system size calculator to help scale your system to your needs.

    This will give you an early cost estimate and help set a realistic budget. It also gives you a sense of how much space you need to mount your array.

    Solar System Calculator »

  • 4

    Ask for help.

    Enlist the help of a design tech early. There are a whole host of factors that impact what you need. It helps to consult with an experienced designer to point out unforeseen problems and iron out any kinks in your design.

    Schedule a design consultation »

  • 5

    Pick your parts.

    Find products you love and tailor the system to your needs. Your design consultant can help with this.

    Our grid-tied package page and off-grid package page outline the components you need to build a complete system. We only feature brands we trust with a stable history in the solar industry.

    View Grid-Tied Systems »

    View Off-Grid Systems »

  • 6

    Research Permitting.

    You'll need a permit to make sure your system is up to code. Grab our permitting guide to make sure you complete your project by the book.

    Get the Solar Permitting Guide »

  • 7

    Shipping.

    Your system comes on a large, heavy pallet. Make sure you understand shipping logistics and have room to receive your order.

    Watch Video: How to Inspect Freight »

  • 8

    Installation.

    You’re about to build your system from the ground up. Our video guide walks you through the installation process, so you have guidance every step of the way. Keep this video open and refer to it often as you build your system.

    Watch Video: Installation Guide »

    Explore the DIY Solar Resource Center »

DIY SOLAR:

Customer Testimonials

DIY SOLAR:

Inspiration

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!

DIY SOLAR:

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.

Ready to start your DIY solar project?

Give us a call at 1-800-472-1142

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