Hiring a Solar Electric Installers vs. DIY Installation – Which is Better?

DIY projects make a fantastic choice for those who want to flex their handyman skills and enjoy building things on their own. To some it may also seem an attractive choice because they claim that it helps them save money. Combined with video tutorials posted on YouTube or other social media platforms, it becomes extra tempting to go and try handling home improvement projects yourself. 

However, while DIY work seems promising, it could lead to unpleasant results. No matter how many YouTube videos you watch, undertaking a complex and highly technical project such as a solar panel installation presents a lot of risks. It could potentially cause damage to property or life-threatening accidents. If you’re still second doubting professional installation services for your solar panel, check out the discussion about hiring solar electric installers and handling the installation job yourself in the article below. 

Hiring a Pro vs. DIY Installation

A typical solar panel installation requires several things. Firstly, you need to have the necessary background and skills to assess the solar energy potential of your home. You must evaluate various factors including roof condition and your home’s location. If there are structural issues, you need to address them prior to the installation. Then, you will also need to process paperwork required for a solar panel installation. The requirement tends to vary, depending on your location, so it’s best to check with the authorities to avoid problems.  

Once everything is in order, your next priority is to safely and correctly install the system. Make sure you have extra helping hands. It can be difficult to set it up yourself because typically a solar panel system can weigh up to 50 pounds. Additionally, you must ensure that you set up the electrical system properly. Otherwise, it could result in poor energy production, equipment damage, or worse, fatal accidents. 

If you’re not keen on doing extra work and if you want to ensure the quality of the system and your safety, hiring a professional is the best choice. Solar electric installers have the skills and experience needed to help you get things done. They can help you figure out where to install the panels to maximize the available solar power. In addition, they can help you prevent accidents and expensive part replacement due to faulty installation. 

They also come extra handy when deciding between an off-grid or grid-connected solar power system. With proper guidance, you get to consider which option would suit you best depending on your needs, preferences and expected return of investment.  

The Cost of Hiring a Professional Solar Electric Installer

For safety and practicality purposes, calling solar electric installers seem a more practical choice. It eliminates potential concerns that could result in a disaster. Also, it ensures that you get more value for your money. The typical cost of a professional solar installer service depends on various factors which includes:

  • The type of solar panel system you wish to install
  • Your household’s average energy consumption/demand
  • The type of solar panel to use
  • The professional’s labour fee

For a residential property that needs an 5.5kWh off-grid solar panel system, the equipment and installation cost can average around $33,250 + GST. For households with lower energy consumption, the installation cost for an off-grid system can reach anywhere around $7,200 to $19,690 including GST.

The cost slightly differs forgrid-connected solar power systems. For example, if you wish to install a 5.5kWp grid-connected solar panel system, you may need to shell out around $14,500 including GST. On one hand, if you only need a 2kWp or 3kWp system, you may need to spend roughly $7,200 to $9,200 including GST.

If you are looking to install solar panels on a commercial property, it’s highly recommended to request for a sample quotation. This way, you get to see the breakdown of the costs involved. The pricing tends to differ a bit compared to residential properties. Installers would look into factors such as the building’s average power consumption, type and size of panels to use and the labour costs.  

Ready to Convert to a Cleaner and Greener Power Source?

More and more homes are shifting to solar power here in New Zealand. And while it may be tempting to install the panels yourself, it’s better to hire an expert. Instead of depending on limited technical background and DIY YouTube channels, it’s safer and more logical to seek a specialist’s assistance. It’s cost-effective and hassle-free! It also doesn’t take that long for a professional installer to complete the service. 

If you’re also interested to switch to solar power, you can call Esolar for a sample quote. The company takes pride in its team of solar installation specialists. Feel free to reach out to our team for more information. Whether you need solar power equipment for a residential or commercial setting, our experts can lend you a hand and book your orders.  

Despite Buy-back Drop Solar PV Still Works

Contact Energy and Meridian’s announcement to significantly lower buy-back rates from solar PV this week has caught the headlines and created a bit of storm. While it’s disappointing that power companies keep shifting the goal posts on buy-back rates, thus complicating peoples’ investment decisions, solar still makes a lot of financial sense.

There’s been a bit of hysteria from people exclaiming the reductions equates to some sort of mortal wound to the solar industry. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While a higher buy-back rate would improve the business case for solar PV, it’s already exceptional without subsidies.

Every week Solar Electric Technology installs systems with returns on investment ranging from 10-20%! Pay back periods are now down to six or seven years, sometimes lower. The most important aspect of making solar PV financially attractive is using the power produced onsite. If this can be achieved the majority of the time, it will work, if it can’t it probably won’t – it’s not rocket science.

There are new technologies such as the NZ made ImmerSUN from Enasolar which work with appliances such as hot water cylinders to make sure they are charging on solar power during the day to minimise the amount of power exported to the grid. Clothes washing, dish washing, and electronic charging can all be done during the day. Solar can be made to work for most households.

Businesses primarily use power during the day and their returns from solar are generally better than for households. Businesses hit the sweet spot of being able to install larger systems, meaning less expensive per unit costs and economies of scale combined with power being consumed onsite during the day.

It would be great if power companies stopped changing their minds every five minutes so better informed market decisions could be made. In the meantime – just cut the power companies out during the day by going solar. Make a sound financial investment and lower your carbon foot print. It’s a win-win.

Interested in how solar cold work for you? Check out our solar PV packages.

What Is The Energy Maximiser And How Can It Help You?

Once you have solar power, you no doubt want to make the most of it by wisely and efficiently using the power your system makes.Having a tool to help you is the key to acheiving this. And we have the tool you need!

Our Energy Maximiser is a tool which monitors your power consumption and tells you what is using your power, and how much.It can monitor all your building's power needs, such as lights, hot water and power circuits, and combine the information with your solar system's energy production, providing you the information you need to monitor your power usage.


Speak to us today about getting an Energy Maximiser with your solar installation. It could mean the difference between using your power efficiently and wasting a lot of the power your new solar system is creating.

Grid Tied Vs Off Grid – Which One Is For Me?

If you are looking at getting a solar system for a new home, you will no doubt be asking yourself one of the most common questions that come up when solar electric systems are being considered. Do I get a grid tied or off grid system?

grid_tied_vs_off_gridMany factors need to be considered when answering this question for yourself and making a decision. Where you live, what your needs are and what you expect from your system all play a big part in deciding which system you will get. You also need to consider whether you still want to be connected and reliant on the electrical grid, as this is the case with a grid connected system. Having an off grid system means you are completely seperate from the electrical grid, but if you run out of power you have no backup.

For more information on either the grid tied system or off grid systems, visit our information pages.

Off Grid Systems

Grid Tied Systems

If you would like more help with your decision, why not give us a call on 0800 765 270. We will be able to help you with making the deicision of whether to go off grid or grid connected!