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.