Why DIY Solar Costs More Than You Think

The economics of doing it yourself, may not work out in your favor.

By Laureen Peck, CMO, Solar Energy World

Sometimes homeowners will ask how much they can save on costs if they buy Solar panels wholesale and install them themselves instead of having a solar system professionally designed and installed. The funny thing is, most people would not even consider installing their own central air conditioning or rewiring their home’s electrical system because common sense tells them it takes training and experience to do this safely and properly.

Installing a solar electricity system is no different. It is complicated, takes training and statistically DIY solar systems’ efficiency will decrease significantly compared to the standard life span of solar panels that are professionally installed. This is because professionally installed solar panels have 25 year warranties whereas DIY panels do not – but that is not the only reason

Homeowners also have to be prepared to get their DIY solar panels certified. This process takes months and can also cost thousands of dollars. In addition, DIY solar panels have to be inspected by an electrical inspector, and comply with all the regulations the utility company requires.

Knowledge of what makes the best rooftop conditions for solar is also important. If the roof’s condition isn’t just right, it can potentially add costs in repairs. It is also essential the homeowner knows how and where to position their solar panels to get the optimal solar energy absorption in order to make the investment worthwhile.


Another thing homeowners who want DIY solar should consider is if they want to take advantage of tax breaks, grants, Net Metering, SRECs, utility buy-back and other financial incentives they are entitled to, they need to be willing handle of all the required paperwork themselves and must have the time required to deal with all the various parties. This can take several weeks, hours a day.

Also, let’s not forget that once the solar system is installed, since the homeowner will be the one in charge of maintenance, taking care of the solar system will be much more demanding and will likely add more costs to the project. Unless the homeowner has plenty of time and resources to properly maintain their system, they could end up losing money on their initial investment.

A certified solar installer will make the total installation process from start to finish a lot easier and actually save the homeowner a lot of time, money and aggravation. Homeowners may find that Do it Yourself Solar really isn’t worth it. So, the real question homeowners should be asking is how much money they can save if they have their system professionally installed.

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Most People No Longer Believe Solar Panels are Ugly

“I think our solar panels make our home look beautiful. Not only does having solar increase our property value, but it says to our neighbors we support energy independence and care about the environment we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.”  

–Melissa L, Clarksville, Maryland

Some people who claim to be pro-environment say they won’t go solar because they do not like how the panels look.  This is surprising considering the devastating effect fossil fuels have had on the health of our planet. This proves beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Utility power polls could be considered ugly but they and all the power lines attached to houses are everywhere.  They are so common that no one notices them anymore.  The horseless carriage was considered ugly and noisy by most people when it made its debut but now it is the horse and buggy that is obsolete. When SUVs first came out, most people thought those were ugly too, but now you can see one in almost every neighbor’s driveway.

Solar adoption is increasing rapidly and panels on a home’s roof are becoming more commonplace, so soon this particular objection to going solar will disappear as well.  In fact, according to a recent Pew Research report“more U.S. homeowners say they are considering home solar panels than ever before”.  Interest in going solar has increased 46% since 2016.  But for those few hold-outs left, we thought sharing what we believe to be uglier, could possibly help change some minds. Feel free to share this with people you know who want to help the environment and save on their utility costs but still think solar panels are too ugly to do anything about it;



Air, land and water pollution from fossil fuels is hideous. If you are not solar-powered most of the energy your home uses comes from coal-fired power plants and/or dirty oil. Pollution destroys animals, plants and healthy ecosystems. It also kills humans from carcinogens and poison in water and food supplies.

Even people who do not believe climate change has anything to do with human activity dislike pollution. No one wants their children or grandchildren to get sick from poison in the air and water. One of the best things about the energy generated by solar panels is that it is emission free.


What’s uglier than seeing your electricity bill growing bigger every month? Rate hikes are a never-ending fact of life now unless your home is solar-powered.  Even if you are in the one percent of top income earners who doesn’t have to worry about watching your budget, saving thousands of dollars on energy costs and/or earning profits from your solar investment can’t be a bad thing. Most wealthy people like to save money and generate a strong return on their investments. Solar panels can do both.

3) WAR

Fighting over oil rights and relying on foreign governments who are not our friends for our energy supply is terrible and really, really ugly. America has the means to become more energy independent without drilling, mining and plundering our public lands. The sun above belongs to all of us.

Millions of American homeowners know this and proudly run their homes on sunshine. This is why a new solar system is now installed in America every 90 seconds.

Homes Without Solar Will Become Obsolete

Solar adoption across the USA is increasing every day. It won’t be long before almost all sunny neighborhoods are solar-powered and homes without solar panels in those neighborhoods will look outdated and passé.  Until that day, however, showing those concerned with aesthetics that there are much uglier things to worry about then the way a clean energy system looks could help persuade them to switch to solar energy now instead of waiting until they become the only ones in their neighborhood who don’t have solar panels.

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How Solar Energy Can Help the Economy

One of the many benefits of solar power is that the industry has the potential to help boost the economy. But how exactly could this happen, and what is the reasoning behind this statement?

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Solar Creates Jobs

A demand for solar power means that more materials will need to be manufactured, and more systems will need to be designed and installed. These tasks all require skilled and specially trained employees, which means that higher demand for solar power will lead to job growth in the renewable energy sector. In fact, various news sources have recently reported that job growth in the solar energy industry has outpaced the overall growth rate.

Solar Power Reduces Energy Dependence

A buzzword in the recent election was “energy independence”. The sun belongs to no one, and its energy is present everywhere. The sun cannot be taxed or tariffed, and once your solar panels are installed, there are no price fluctuations or negotiations about the cost of fuel. Solar energy is not owned or supplied by any entity in particular. Therefore, using the sun to our advantage is a step toward energy independence.

Solar Power Saves Money

No one enjoys paying bills, and your electric bill is probably a large expense. The cost of heating and cooling your home will make up the largest portion of your energy bill, and, depending on how energy efficient your home may be, the heating or cooling system may be running most of the time. These necessary expenses add up quickly, and that means that homeowners have less of their hard earned money to spend on other goods and services, because it must be paid to to gas and electric companies.

Solar power can free up more spending money, because it can significantly reduce or eliminate an electric bill. This means that homeowners that choose solar will have more money to spend, instead of being tied to rising electricity rates. Just imagine how much money could be saved by homeowners with a home solar system, and an electric vehicle!