In just about every project and every industry you can think of, people have figured out that if they do it themselves, they can save lots of money. Your solar project is no different. Even if you just purchase the equipment yourself and farm out most of the labor, you can still save a ton of money.
Let’s face it: when you buy solar from a full “turn-key” company, there are going to be added costs. These are not necessarily “hidden” costs or unreasonable costs – it is just the cost of doing business; and this cost must be passed along to the consumer.
Take a look at the below example. This example is based on a 6kW (or 6,000 watt) system, which would be an average-sized system. This would be equal to 20 solar panels that are 300 watts each.
|"The Other Guys"||DIY w/ help||DIY (really by yourself)|
|Cost of equipment||$7800||$7800||$7800|
|Balance of system (breakers, wires, conduit, etc.)||$500||$500||$500|
|Overhead (Rent, phones, ins, payroll, utilities, etc. )||$500|
|Hidden finance fees||$3500|
|Cost of free junk||$500|
|Cost per watt||$3.62||$1.78||$1.45|