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

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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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    My brother has them from the previous home owner installed a few years ago (location PA) and the contract is AWFUL. He will be paying well over $500/month for the electricity they produce in 10 years and will progressively get higher for 20 years: they still have to pay the electric company for remaining needed energy. It’s an awful deal he only took on because he bought the home from a retiring elderly couple who couldn’t within reason pay tens of thousands to buy out and opt out of the contract/buy the panels and system. So he helped them. He’ll hurt and there’s nothing they will do for him as they would also do nothing for the previous owners

    Musk bought out his cousins solar company which he bought out and branded Tesla; and that company was a scam old people. Musk was already involved in this and has been behaving horribly for a long time relating to deceiving the masses for personal wealth. Please don’t be a sucker.

    I really hope you renounce supporting them; always love your content but Elon Musk isn’t brilliant in any good capacity he is insidious and horribly self serving at the expense of many. The epitome of what’s wrong in the world; and what’s worse is he is idolized for it.

  2. I always think ahead….. Replace your shingles first if they are questionable…. 🙃 You don't want to do that after a great job of solar panel installation 😉👌imagine 30 years of good life on them solar panels… Great…. 👍 However in florida roof shingles die ☠ after 18…. 😵

  3. Lol…. This looks TOO EASY!!!! 😜…. ok…. My first issue is all the vent pipes from bathrooms, kitchen and other vents are all in the way 😩….. Now what…. 🙃…. N other thing….. We had 2 hurricanes in 6 weeks here….. How well do these panels handle gust of winds that took my neighbor's carport for a flying ride abut a mile 😵

  4. 8:40 Does it matter which wire you connect or disconnect first? The panels are "producing power" sitting in the sun regardless of whether or not they are connected to an inverter. What safety considerations should be kept in mind?

    With a 12 volt car, we always disconnect the negative battery terminal from the chassis first, so that any shorts from hot to ground won't arc. Solar panels are also 12, 24, or 48 volt DC systems so wondering if that theory also applies to these twist lock connectors.

    Obviously, we will flip the switch to de-energize the system / disconnect it from the home and the grid, prior to servicing or removing or reinstalling any panels.

    Do the micro inverters require a "ballanced" install, with the same number of panels on one portion of the micro inverter, as on the other?

    Does anything change, when panels are daisy chained together in series before they hit an inverter?

  5. Thanks for the great video! I have contacted your recommended supplier and it is by far the most econical way to get solar power even after 2 years! The all included servicing companies are double to triple the cost of a diy project and one would never pay that off in time get any savings from it. 👍

  6. They say solar panels are more efficient when they are cool. This is why I've heard not to get the black panels. The rail mounting system also helps keep the panels cooler, which makes them about 10 percent more efficient when they're running cool.

  7. the only thing about roof mounted panels is, its gonna take a hell of a lot of work when you need to replace the shingles. but to be fair they will prob last a lot longer with the panels protecting them so idk lol

  8. What gauge wire is needed from the solar panel box to the electrical box? Is 12 gauge wire good enough? I am asking because I have a shed in the back of the yard that can be used for installing solar panels. It already has electrical running to it with 12 gauge wire. I can use this same wiring to tap into the electrical box. Would this work?

  9. Thank you for this video. I live in San Francisco area and companies are charging about 35K for a 1500 square foot house. It looks like these companies are making a killing on installation. I do all of my own electrical work. I did not know hooking up the solar panels to the electrical box was so easy to do. Or am missing something? I'm trying to figure out why the solar companies are charging up to 25K to 30K just for installation when installing solar is literally slightly more difficult than putting together some lego blocks then hooking a up a few wires.

  10. One day, Im gonna have enough money to do this, and build myself an off grid cabin in the mountains with full electricity and water supply. Even gonna build a fallout bunker. One day… I hope one day…

  11. At 16:20 you talk about the environmental impact. Yes, they are made sort of "green", but "green" recycling is another thing. Millions and millions and millions, no billions of panels will be used as landfill in the next coming years. Same goes for all those sh*tty windmills….. Solar panels green? No way! I've got some panels, but I do not have the illusion that I'm helping Mother Earth by using them. I try to cut down on my electical bill. Saving the environment? Use no electricity at all…. I know, that's no option 🙂 So, solar panels are NEVER helping the environment!

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