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This site sells components, but you can build your own solar panels and install them. You will need a battery back-up system, if you don't connect to the power grid. There is some good info on this site, and others can give you more particularized info, depending on your needs.

A system that produces +/- 2,000 KW per month, will cost around $25,000 complete, using manufactured parts. If your bill runs around $250 a month, the system will take around 8 years to pay for itself. After that, it's money in the bank.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should you, could you install your own solar electric system?
Over half our customers do install and maintain their own solar power systems. Some hire extra help for part of the installation. Most have an electrician or other professional do the wiring and metering into the house.

So, yes! You can size your system to suit your needs and budget. You can pick the components. And you can install it and maintain it.

There is a team of experienced solar folks here at Wholesale Solar who would love to help you through the process.

Can I build my own solar panels?
You may run into DIY information on the web about building your own solar panels, which we don't really recommend. Leave that to the manufacturers who keep tight control on the safety aspects. But there's lots you can do yourself—from sizing the system, picking components, mounting and installing the solar panels, inverter(s) and safety disconnects. The more you do yourself, the less expensive the whole thing will be.

How big a solar system will I need?
If you have any questions about sizing your system, we can help. Pull a few of your power bills, then call 1 (800) 472-1142. If you are planning for an off the grid home, look through this load evaluation worksheet before you call.

How much will it cost?
Cost depends on how much electricity you use. To answer that question we need you to answer 3. and 4. in the righthand column then skip to 8. and 9. Call us when you get in over your head. 1 (800) 472-1142.

Can I self-install a gridtie solar power system?
Many of our gridtie customers do. Gridtie solar is for folks who are already plugged into utility power. Gridtie solar is less complex to install than offgrid and can be easily expanded. Because of utility rebates for gridtie solar systems your installation may be more regulated. Check out the Rules, Regulations and Policies in your state. Plan to have an electrician or licensed contractor do the final hook-up. Would you like us to recommend one in your area? Call our dealer coordinator at 1 (800) 472-1142.

Can I self-install an offgrid solar power system?
Of course you can! Offgrid solar power is for independent minded people who want to live exactly where they want to live! Solar power allows you to buy undeveloped land that you can more easily afford. You're probably building your own home, or at least are very involved in the process. You're the perfect candidate for solar DIY!

We (the founders of Wholesale Solar) started off offgrid in northern New Mexico. We built a house and then figured out how to power it with used solar panels. Those panels came from a museum where they were installed during the Jimmy Carter administration (1977 - 1981) and are producing electricity still.

We also powered a 1,000 foot deep well with solar panels, despite several well pump installers telling us it couldn't be done!

http://www.wholesalesolar.com/DIY-solar.html
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This is really cool! My main worry would be the snow covering them. We had satellite televitz this winter and the dish got buried and anything like that you are on your own around here as no one wants to be dealing w/ roof stuff in the winter and if they are they are charging you a lot, and it would be a pain to get the snow off of them on my roof. Also it would take me 16 yrs to run up a 25k electric bill. Has anyone reading this done solar power? Maybe I should find out if someone else here does it and find out what they say about the snow...thanks for posting.
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In your area, it would be best to pole-mount the panels, using a tracker system and tilt the face of the panels 5 degrees south of plum. That way you could keep them clear of snow easily. they could be adjusted to gather more sunlight in the summer.

Some of the stuff I have read tells me that they are now making more efficient battery systems and more effective photovoltaic panels too. Meaning that you can get by with less materials with the same output. Although, the initial costs may be higher.
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Researching solar, showing results.

Do it yourself kit w/videos: http://www.gogreensolar.com/products...SqQSyeVrzw_wcB





Components: http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels.html

Component system: http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels.html

Please add your own research to this thread. We are about to all need an off-grid system, because the system is going to crash very soon. Let's help one another as much as possible.
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In your area, it would be best to pole-mount the panels, using a tracker system and tilt the face of the panels 5 degrees south of plum. That way you could keep them clear of snow easily. they could be adjusted to gather more sunlight in the summer.

Some of the stuff I have read tells me that they are now making more efficient battery systems and more effective photovoltaic panels too. Meaning that you can get by with less materials with the same output. Although, the initial costs may be higher.

Thanks for the info! This is something to seriously consider.
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These batteries are expensive, but the everlasting quality is unbeatable.

"(lithium ion in place of AGM battery) makes the input/output characteristics quite different:" http://www.sunrnr.com/Lithium-Ion-SUNLION.html
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