Understanding the Growing DIY Solar Power Craze Posted on 18 Jan 07:00

The popularity of DIY solar power systems continues to grow in the United States.

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Photovoltaic panels — no matter who installs them — provide your home with free power, reducing your reliance on the utility grid. As a result, your utility bills are drastically lowered, or even eliminated. When you install the system yourself, however, the overall cost is significantly lower than it would be if you used a professional installation contractor.

If you’ve been shying away from do-it-yourself solar because you’re daunted by the concept, it’s time to learn more about how it works. You may be surprised at how easily — and how inexpensively — you can benefit from this renewable energy technology.

How Does DIY Solar Power Work?

DIY home solar power systems have three basic components: photovoltaic panels, inverters and mounting systems.

Photovoltaic panels generate an electrical charge when the sun’s rays shine on them. Each panel contains solar cells, which work to capture the sunlight and convert it into a flow of electricity.

Photovoltaic panels produce direct current (DC) energy. But to power your home, you need alternating current (AC) electricity. To handle this conversion, inverters must be installed along with the photovoltaic panels.

The PV panels and inverters are then mounted on a rooftop or at ground level. Solar panel mounting racks are also included, with all of the hardware required to complete the installation.

Who Can Benefit from DIY Solar Power?

If you own your home, and your roof will accommodate a PV panel array, you can benefit from solar power. If you have basic handyman skills and a way to access your roof, you can leverage do-it-yourself solar to slash your energy costs.

The do-it-yourself photovoltaic systems Solar GOODs offers are designed for easy installation. You don’t need professional experience. In fact, most customers can complete their installation in a single weekend.

Instructions are provided, but you can also find more information and helpful videos online. And if you order your system from Solar GOODs, professional assistance is only a phone call away.

How Do You Design a DIY Solar Power System?

To maximize your DIY solar savings, your system should be designed to meet the specific energy needs of your household. But how do you figure it out?

With the simple Solar GOODs system design tool, it’s much easier than it sounds. Most of our customers design their DIY photovoltaic systems in under 10 minutes. Simply fill out the information, and our easy-to-use interface will guide you through the process of selecting the correct components. You can use this tool to obtain building permits and HOA approvals too.

Or, for a nominal fee, our photovoltaic experts can design your system and create a full solar plan for you.

Would you like to learn more? Visit Solar GOODs, your online superstore for do-it-yourself energy independence, to put DIY solar power to work at your home.