Solar DIYers, Check Out These Helpful Online Resources! Posted on 03 Oct 10:58

DIY Solar Resources

Most solar DIYers have basic handyman skills. Many homeowners, however, successfully make the switch to this cost-effective energy source without any specific knowledge of or experience with photovoltaic systems.

How do they do it? The same way you can, with the help of online DIY solar resources.

Online Mapping Tools and Calculators for Solar DIYers

Solar DIYers can determine how well-suited their property is for a photovoltaic installation — and get help in deciding upon panel placement — with an online mapping tool.

Mapdwell, created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Google’s Project Sunroof are good choices. Both use state-of-the-art technology, including high-resolution satellite imagery data and advanced analytical algorithms, so their results are typically accurate.

How many photovoltaic panels do you need to power your home? How much will your array cost?

You can find answers to these questions with an online solar calculator. Many websites have basic calculators, but for the most detailed and dependable results, try PVWatts. The PVWatts tool was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Or, for an even more comprehensive solution, check out the calculator here at Solar GOODs. Our solar panel system calculator utilizes the NREL data to assist you in determining the correct PV DIY kit or custom system size.

Find Solar DIY Financial Incentives with DSIRE

Installing a DIY system can be affordable for any homeowner, especially if you know where to find financial incentives. Today’s available rebates, credits and incentives can save you thousands of dollars. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hours hunting online.

DSIRE, or the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, offers you a single point of reference to find federal, state and local tax credits, rebates and grants for photovoltaic energy installations. Simply click on your state to see a list of every solar DIY financial incentive available in your area.

The site is sponsored by the U.S. DOE and updated constantly, so you can trust the results.

Solar GOODs Offers Valuable Information for Do-It-Yourself Installations

Do you have questions about designing your own system? Or perhaps you’ve been considering mobile photovoltaic power options? The Solar GOODs news feed offers a wealth of helpful information on a variety of DIY-friendly topics. You can also check out our videos, which demonstrate the basics of DIY solar installation.

If you can’t find what you need on our website, or if you need help, the experts here at Solar GOODs are standing by. A one-on-one telephone consultation might just answer all your questions.

Joining the ranks of the countless homeowners who have already installed their own PV panel array may be easier than you think. Explore our easy-to-navigate website today to learn more, or to start designing your ideal home photovoltaic system. We are the go-to experts for all the resources you need to become a solar DIYer.