Choosing the DIY Solar Panel Kit That’s Right for You Posted on 05 Apr 09:00
So you’ve decided to buy a DIY solar panel kit? Congratulations on taking the first step to big-time cost savings and energy independence!
For the do-it-yourselfer, kits are a great place to start. Today’s solar power kits come with everything you need to install your solar panel array at your home or business. If you’re new to solar, however, figuring out which kit is right for you can be a bit of a mystery.
Let’s start with a few basic questions and considerations.
Will You Be On-Grid or Off-Grid?
The first thing you need to consider for your DIY solar kit is whether you plan to run a system that ties into the power grid, or if you prefer to disconnect entirely.
Grid-tied systems do not store any extra energy. Instead, you will draw your power from the local power grid whenever your panels don’t produce enough electricity (typically at night or on cloudy days). In contrast, off-grid systems use battery banks to store the extra power you generate.
Determine Your Power Needs
Review your electric bills from the past year to determine how much power you presently use (in kWh).
Each photovoltaic panel in your DIY solar kit will have a set capacity of kWh. Consequently, the number of panels you will need is based directly on your power usage.
Once you identify your capacity, you can narrow your search down to those DIY solar panel kits that meet your power generating needs.
Pick the Location for Your DIY Panel Array
A south-facing section of roof is preferable; however, you can successfully install your DIY solar panel kit on an east- or west-facing portion of the roof as well.
The type of mounting brackets and installation hardware you need depends on (among other things) the pitch (slope) of your roof and the orientation angle (direction) that your panels will face.
If you plan to install a ground-mounted system, you will need a different set of installation materials than you would use for a rooftop installation.
Revisit Your Budget
And now we’ve come to the big question. Financial considerations are, after all, one of the most attractive parts of choosing DIY solar panel kit installation.
Some customers start out with the intent to add a few panels at a time. When they take a second look at the numbers, however, they often discover that the smart move is to build the entire system now.
The current federal tax credit and incentives won’t be there for much longer, which means your system will cost significantly less now. And, of course, you will immediately cut your power bills, as soon as your system goes online.
One of the most effective ways to determine which photovoltaic DIY kit is appropriate for your needs is to use the DIY solar calculator and system design tools on the Solar GOODs website. This unique tool walks you through the process of sizing your system, selecting your panels and components, and choosing your mounting equipment.
In the end, you will know exactly which kit design is right for your needs. Then, with only a few clicks or taps, you can have it all ordered and on its way to you.
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