DIY vs. Professional Solar Panel Installation: There’s Only One Choice

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If you have decided to install a solar energy system on your residential property, you already know all about the benefits of solar. It’s great for the environment and can save you money on your monthly energy bills. In addition, you will receive an additional 26% off your project through Xcel Energy’s 2018 Solar Rewards Program.

As solar has become more popular, the options to make it all happen have increased. There are solar energy companies in Minnesota, such as Cedar Creek Energy, and throughout the country. There are also many solar manufacturing companies that sell do-it-yourself kits or components for the consumer who thinks they would like to install their system on their own. While this might initially seem like an appealing choice, we want to strongly recommend you let the pros handle your installation.  As you can imagine, there are many facets to a solar project, including engineering, electrical, and technical requirements; and zoning rules that require a high level of knowledge. In addition, Cedar Creek Energy will facilitate an agreement with your electric company, which will allow you to sell back the surplus electricity you produce. For these reasons, we believe those licensed and insured to do so should install a residential solar project.

The True Cost of a DIY Solar Project

Many solar panel manufacturers market their panels as a quick and easy installation; so easy, you can even do it yourself! They claim you can save money and time by learning how to connect their solar panels without the assistance of someone who is trained to do so.

It is very important to remember that the cost of installation includes the convenience of not having to dedicate your own time and labor to the project. It also guarantees your personal safety, which is something that could not be promised if you were to crawl up a ladder with the panels and try to connect electrical components yourself!

Solar energy companies have years of expertise that allow them to efficiently complete new installations. After you consider all the grants and rebates available to homeowners who are installing solar energy systems, the cost of a professional installation becomes a small price to pay for the safety and security you’re afforded.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Solar Company

If you are considering installing a new solar energy system, there are several benefits to professional installation that you should not overlook:

  • Electrical expertise: Unless you are an electrician, you may be putting yourself in a dangerous situation by attempting to connect electrical systems in your home or business. If done improperly, you risk personal injury during installation and electrical fires in the future. A professional solar company such as Cedar Creek Energy employs a staff of certified electricians who can ensure that the job is done safely.
  • Experience assessing solar projects: There are so many components to consider when planning for and installing an effective solar energy system.  Some such factors include the placement of your panels, the number of panels needed, and whether energy storage is required. Each of these factors needs to be determined by assessing a variety of variables, often in a way, which requires extensive engineering and technical knowledge. A professional will have the knowledge, experience, and tools necessary to answer all these questions for you and ensure you get everything you’d hoped for out of your new solar energy system.
  • Warranty coverage: As with many products, the warranty for solar panels can be voided if the consumer tampers with the product; or, in this case, if you install them yourself. Since a lengthy 25-year warranty is common, you likely do not want to forfeit such a good opportunity to remain stress-free should issues arise with your solar panels.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork: The zoning requirements, applications for financing and rebates, and correspondence with your electrical company will all be handled with ease by Cedar Creek Energy as just another component of your project. They know all about the paperwork that must be completed to get your solar project up and running because they’ve done it many times. You’ll never feel lost or confused about the process when you work with a pro.

Determining the Final Verdict: DIY or Pro?

As much as solar panel manufacturers may have you believe DIY installation is a viable option, there is ultimately only one choice for getting a new system installed quickly, safely, and effectively. With all of the benefits of professional assistance, it would simply be unreasonable and unrealistic to attempt such a project on your own.If you would like more information about the perks that accompany hiring seasoned pros to complete your solar panel installation, contact Cedar Creek Energy for a free consultation. The solar energy experts you meet with at your home or business will be able to answer any questions you may have about the process.

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