Interested in solar energy but not ready for a full system that supplies electricity to your entire home? That’s okay!

You can still start to learn more about how solar energy works and what it can do for you. At Sun Badger, solar isn’t just a job we do, it’s our life. We believe the renewable energy from solar is a huge benefit that can save homeowners a lot of money.

Today we’re breaking down the pros and cons of personal and professional solar installation, along with everything you need to know to get a simple solar system setup.

The DIY solar installation that we’re breaking down in this post won’t necessarily be able to power your house, but it should produce enough electricity to charge batteries or power LED lights while the sun is hitting the panels. Let’s start with the pros and cons.

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DIY vs. Professional Installation

When it comes time to install solar panels on your home, you’ll likely have two options. You can hire a professional solar panel and energy installer, or you can DIY your solar installation. At Sun Badger, we’re a little bit biased towards professional installation, but if you feel capable of taking on the DIY project, then we’re happy to help be a resource for you! But before you make up your mind, here are both the pros and cons of DIY vs. professional solar installation.

Pros and Cons of DIY Solar Installation

As you might guess, the top reason DIY Solar installation is attractive to anyone is the money that can be saved. Instead of paying a professional team to install the panels, you’ll only have to pay for the panels and equipment. But, because you’re not paying a professional team, you’re accepting all of the responsibility of ensuring that everything is done properly.

One more major downside of trying to install solar panels on your own home is that some states, counties, and cities will have laws in place that require you to have a solar installation certificate before performing the work. After all, solar panels are complex electrical systems. If that’s the case, then it’s technically illegal for you to install the panels on your own.

Pros and Cons of Professional Solar Installation

Sun Badger Solar Installing Panels

When working with a professional installer, there are only a few different cons that you should be sure to watch out for.

First off, there’s the cost. Spending more money doesn’t always mean that you’re getting a better product, so be sure to fully vet any contracting or solar installation company that you work with. At Sun Badger, you get premium solar panels along with a warranty on the workmanship of the entire installation process. We won’t ever leave you hanging, and your solar installer shouldn’t either.

Besides the cost of using a professional company, you’ll also have to work within the time frame that the solar installer has to offer. Instead of just installing the panels when you have time, you might have to wait a month or two. But, if you’re able to wait for the company to become available, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of solar financing as well as quick installation. Keep in mind, a quality solar company can put solar panels up and get them running in just a day or two. With many companies offering financing options for both the solar panels and their services, we highly recommend going the professional route.

If you’re still worried you’ll get scammed looking for a professional installer, be sure to check out our Solar Panel Scams blog post. You’ll find resources and ways to spot scammers so that you’re able to find a trustworthy and reputable company.

Minimalist DIY Solar

If you’re only looking for a very basic and small solar energy system, then a minimalist setup might be what you need. This setup will allow you to mount solar panels to your car or RV which is great for powering small low current pull items such as LED bulbs. Here’s a great video example of a minimalist system and how to put one together.

Other Solar Options

If you’re curious to learn a few more of the options you have regarding solar, then check out our solar calculator. There you’ll be able to determine how many solar panels you’d need on your house, how much it would cost to purchase them, and how much we would charge to install them. It’s a great way to get a quick estimate!

Additionally, you can check out our residential solar page to learn more about Sun Badger’s services and how you can take advantage of them. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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