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Are DIY Solar Panels A Good Idea?

Are DIY Solar Panels A Good Idea
Whether you are looking to help the environment or want to save on your electric bill—or all of the above—having solar panels makes sense. However, some homeowners are tempted to save on their solar panel installation costs by engaging in DIY solar panel installation.

For small, off-grid projects, like hooking up an RV, taking care of your solar panel installation, can be possible. But, if you are considering solar panels for your home, it is best to trust licensed electricians to take care of your installation needs.

To help you understand why DIY solar panels aren’t a good idea, below are some of the top reasons why you should bring in the professionals for your solar project.

Home Solar Kits Are Less Powerful

A significant detractor when it comes to DIY solar panel installation is that the home solar panels you can pick up at home improvement stores aren’t as powerful as ones that licensed contractors can buy. These less-powerful solar panels will not be able to generate the electricity you hope while still being quite expensive.

On the other hand, if you choose to work with HedgeHog Electric, you can opt for higher quality solar panels, as we are able to work directly with manufacturers. That way, we can secure more powerful solar panels to install and gather energy for you.

DIY Solar Panel Installation Can Be Dangerous

Trying to perform solar panel installation on your own can be very dangerous, especially if you don’t have all the right tools. For instance, say that you want to place your solar panels on the roof of your home. Without experience working on a roof or with safely mounting bulky objects like solar panels, it can be dangerous to work on a home’s rooftop.

Also, you will need to connect the solar panels to your house’s main electrical system if you are looking to power your home with collected solar energy. This process can be extremely dangerous, as you are dealing with high voltage and the potential of electrical fire if done improperly.

Cannot Connect DIY Solar To The Grid

Another significant downside to trying to do DIY solar panel installation is that you cannot connect them to the grid and receive credit for the extra energy you collect. A licensed electrician needs to sign off on your solar panel installation. It is unlikely to happen as there are strict installation codes that need to be followed, and professional electricians do not want to risk their credentials on someone else’s DIY work.

However, if you do want your solar panels to be connected to the grid, our electricians can help. With their professional installation and certification, your solar panels can be installed and connected to help you save on your future electric bills.

Save More By Bundling Solar Panel Purchase With Installation

Some homeowners purchase solar panels—either through a home improvement store or solar panel dealer—with the intention of DIY solar panel installation. Only in the end to choose a professional installer once the homeowner determines how difficult DIY solar can be.

By buying the solar panels separate from the installation services, it can make your project more expensive. Instead, by purchasing solar panels and installation services in a bundle, you can often save money and ensure you are getting superior solar panels.

Choose HedgeHog Electric As Your Trusted Solar Installer

Throughout Utah, from St. George to Salt Lake City, HedgeHog Electric is here to help you with all your solar installation needs. We have countless glowing reviews specifically regarding our solar panel installation services, and we are happy to work with you on your solar project, no matter how large or small.

To work with our professional electricians on your upcoming solar panel installation, feel free to contact us today for a consultation!

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