Are DIY Solar Panel Installations Worth The Time and Effort?

The internet is the world's biggest source of do-it-yourself projects that make everything sound simple and doable. However, if you're inexperienced with many do-it-yourself projects, you run the risk of improper installations and post-inspections. Solar panels require proper experience and tools to achieve the ideal installation objectives. You can quickly find a solar panel available from eCommerce websites, but you might not have guarantees about its performance.

Any retired solar panel installer in Littleton, CO, can DIY-install a solar panel confidently. However, if your only experience is removing and reinstalling a door, it's best to leave solar panel installations to professionals. High-quality professional solar panel installation teams, such as Roper Roofing, can deliver outstanding results for all your projects. They can find the ideal angle that gives you the highest solar energy concentration. 

Plus, a solar panel installation requires correct support structures. High-quality solar panel installation teams in Littleton, CO, have in-depth roofing experience adding to their solar panel installation capabilities, making them the best choice for all your solar panel needs.

Solar Guide has a great explainer of why DIY solar panel installations are a bad idea. Read more about it below.

DIY solar panel systems can seem like an attractive way to generate cheap renewable energy, but many homeowners don’t realise the serious safety risks involved, not to mention the permanent damage you could do to your roof. Here’s why it really doesn’t pay to install solar yourself.

5 Reasons Why DIY Solar Panels Are a Bad Idea

It’s a complex and potentially dangerous job!

Installing solar panels is not an easy process, and without undergoing the same training as a professional installer there is a lot that could go wrong. Lifting heavy panels, wiring electrical equipment and simply working up high on a roof are just some of the safety hazards you face. If you aren’t confident in working with this kind of specialised equipment, then homemade solar panel installation may be too advanced for your skill level.

As an example, if you’ve just spent a few hours Googling how to build a solar panel and watching YouTube videos – then you’re probably not ready to start building your own DIY solar power system.

The technical side of solar PV installation can also be tricky and doing it yourself often results in systems being connected and fitted incorrectly. Even if you have electrical experience there are still many elements of solar installation that differ greatly to traditional jobs and should be left to a professional.

You’re unlikely to qualify for government incentive schemes

To be eligible for the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) which pays you money for electricity you feed into the grid, most licensees will require your solar panels to be MCS certified (or equivalent). Having this financial incentive in place makes it much easier to make back your investment in a solar system and even earn an income over time.

While some may choose to offer the SEG for solar panels which are not MCS certified, there are several other important benefits of ensuring that your solar panels are MCS certified such as consumer protection should there be a problem with the installation. For this reason, we recommend hiring a professional solar installer who is MCS certified. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a reliable solar panel installation team, you can always count on Roper Roofing to give you the best results. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.


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