Do It Yourself Solar Power? – Easy DIY Solar Panel Installation!



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Attempt any DIY project at your own risk. Follow local code. Working with electricity can be dangerous.

Here are my numbers.
I have an 8.06kw solar system. It cost me $13,300 (before incentives)
With the federal incentive for 2020 (26% tax credit) and my state tax credit ($1600) it brings the cost of my system down to $8,243. Remember these are 2020 prices.

Tesla would have charged me $17,000 to install a 7.56kw system in 2020.
Another company bid $21,200 for an 8kw system.
and a fourth company was $21,700 for fully installed 8.68kw
(all those bids are before government incentives)

My energy costs around $0.11 per kWh on average. Using a solar calculator like the one here: I can see that my system will generate about 12,000 kWh per year. Which is about $1,319 worth of energy. So my system will ‘pay itself off’ in about 6.2 years with incentives, and 10 years without the incentives. The best part though, is that over 30 years my panels will generate around $35,000 dollars worth of energy. Far more than what I paid. And they’ll keep on making energy longer than that. Totally worth it.

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38 comments

  1. Jerry: "Easy to install DIY solar panels!"
    Me: "I want to do DIY installation, What could go wrong?"
    Also me: Installs them backwards so they take power from my home and give it to the sun

  2. Man doing this by himself?
    And recording and editing the video..

    Very resourceful hitman!

    (Oh some people helped)

  3. When walking on panels it can leave micro fractures in the nonpermeable membrane on the back side whereby causing a potential failure or void your warranty otherwise very good Instructor here

  4. I need a system that produces 1500-1700 kWh per month. How much time did it take from ordering your system to turning it on? What was your total project cost?

  5. Where I live you don't need permits if your not tapping in to the power company. If its a stand alone project you do yourself, no permits needed.

  6. If The Phantom (aka: Billy Zane) can tromp all over the rooftops of strangers while taunting his frienemies in a youtube video, then they (solar panels) MUST be durable!

  7. The panels might be durable, but it’s recommended to stay off the panels to help prevent micro fractures or cracks in the wafer cells. Just because they can support you, doesn’t mean you should walk on them.

  8. I wish JerryRigEverything did not take for granted that he's not going to fall off the roof. Most folks that fall off roofs don't wake up and say "Today I think I'll fall off a roof so I better get my harness." What are the odds Jerry will fall off the roof? I'm sure he's very careful. It's the things you DON'T PLAN for…..your leg gives out, your heart stops, you pass out, a hornets attack and surprise you, allergic reaction to something, seizure, the list goes on and on. None of those things to most people. To the family left behind to the folks it did happen to, all they can do is cry and wish he PLANNED FOR the unlikely events that DO happen.

  9. Just curious if you compared AP systems to the Enphase, and why you chose AP over Enphase. Seems like AP systems doesn't require a specific brand combiner like the Enphase, only a standard breaker box, is this true? You used an ECU-R for communication, correct?

  10. Absolutely love the video and it gives me lots of energy and motivation to do more stuff myself at home and am looking into options of laying down solar panels myself at home as well.

    I like the part where you say that you can always ask someone professionally to do the final work with live wires for you. Over here (in Europe) you won't find a single professional willing to do that for you. They all will laugh in your face when they hear you ask them to do that while you've done basically all of the other work already.

    The mentality over here is sadly different than the US in that regard. Either you give them all your money (and they install it for you) or they won't do a darn thing, even if you want to pay them for the work.

    Just to be clear, my comment isn't a criticism of your video or statement obviously but a criticism of the mentality a lot of people/professionals take where I live.

  11. All those fixtures, and all those small things like end caps, water leak prevention makes me feel great ❤️. We do not care about such things in our place and hence I always feel that whatever we build is not complete. I wish I was in USA 😍

  12. Quick tip… lay the bottom row of panels first… it’ll make the process of laying the upper row way easier and you won’t have to worry about if you solar panels are uneven

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