It’s a sight to behold.
Part of this tremendous growth comes from the rise of home solar power kits. These are essentially DIY solar panels that you can install as a weekend project.
On the surface, the whole idea is pretty cool. Ordinary citizens taking full control of their energy future.
But as awesome as home solar power kits appear on the surface, there are many hidden dangers to going the DIY route – dangers beyond the obvious risk of electrocution and shock.
Let’s review why home solar power kits aren’t necessarily the best way to harness free energy from the sun.
1. 1 Size Does Not Fit All
As we’ve mentioned many times in the past, solar is an investment. And you want to make optimal use of available rooftop or ground space to earn the highest possible returns.
With DIY solar panels, this usually isn’t an option. Most home solar power kits come in 1 of several different sizes:
- 1 kW
- 3 kW
- 5 kW
The chances of your roof being exactly large enough to accommodate 1 of the above sizes is very small. Most solar installations (done by licensed contractors) fall somewhere in between these standard sizes.
So when you’re locked into a 1, 3, or 5 kW solar kit, you’re either:
- leaving money on the table because you haven’t made use of all the available roof space
- overpaying for your system because you can’t use all of the solar panels in the kit
2. Inferior Solar Energy Output
Have you ever bought an all-in-one entertainment center or stereo system?
These items usually sell on ease and convenience. But when you look at the actual components, the individual parts are inferior.
The same trend happens in the solar home kit market. You’re not buying the best of the best. You’re buying an arrangement of solar components that are “good enough.”
This makes it harder to generate the highest energy output per square meter. You’re much better off buying high quality components a la carte – and assembling a solar PV system yourself.
But before you run out and begin building your own system, read the final danger of DIY solar panels.
4. No Incentives or Net Metering
It doesn’t matter if you buy a prepackaged kit or assemble the best solar PV system ever created. If your panels aren’t installed by a licensed contractor, you won’t qualify for any of the great solar incentives available in San Diego.
- This means no net metering, and thus, no negative utility bills.
- This also means that you’ll pay full price for your solar installation. No government incentives or credits or rebates.
In other words, the payback period of your solar investment will take much longer than the 4 to 6 years that most homeowners enjoy.
Still Want to Buy Home Solar Power Kits?
If you’re a solar enthusiast and need a cool weekend hobby, home solar power kits are pretty appealing.
But they cost more money and deliver less power.
When you install DIY solar panels, you’re not just leaving money on the table. You’re paying money for the privilege of leaving more money on the table.
Contact us today for a solar consultation – 100% free of charge.