Solar panels and photovoltaic solar kit
You have decided to equip yourself with solar panels, but in view of what a professional installation could cost you, are you thinking of doing it yourself? Know that the task is quite possible, especially since there are currently solar kits that you can assemble yourself. However, like everything else, do-it-yourself installation has its advantages and disadvantages. Explanations.
The solar kit in self-consumption
A self-consumption solar kit is a photovoltaic device generally composed of one or more solar panels and cables. Unlike photovoltaic solar panels on roofs, which in most cases require a lot of technique and therefore the intervention of certified professionals, solar kits can be installed by the user himself. Indeed, they are connected to the grid via a simple electrical socket or via a connection to the electrical panel and generally do not require major work since they are installed on the ground.
Several companies already specialize in this type of kit. The particularity of the latter is that it can be configured according to the needs of each person, in terms of sizing, choice of product brands and guarantees. It is often delivered with all the material necessary for its assembly, which is intuitive and very easy to use.
Advantages of do-it-yourself kits
Using qualified labour for the photovoltaic installation constitutes on average 30% of the installation cost. Knowing that the costs related to this labour are not taken into account in the aids and subsidies given by the State, it is clear that opting to make your own solar installation is really economical.
Most do-it-yourself solar kits are ready to use and pre-wired, i.e. they do not require the possession of specific tools to be assembled, even those that come with a structure. It is then quite possible for beginners to install in one day a kit of 6 panels on the roof for example. These solar kits are « Plug’n’Play » or « Plug’n’Produce » depending on the brand name, since all you need to do is plug them directly into an electrical socket or electrical panel to have green electricity.
The other side of the coin
Firstly, it should be noted that electricity produced by a solar panel or a solar kit assembled by oneself is not eligible for purchase by EDF. Indeed, the company never buys back the electricity unless the installation is carried out by an approved professional, in this case, a craftsman certified QualiPV module Electricity, or certified SP1 and SP2 or certified 5911-ENR Photovoltaic. By extension, since you cannot resell your surplus, you do not also benefit from the self-consumption bonus.
Secondly, installing a solar kit yourself requires a minimum of do-it-yourself skills, especially for rooftop installations. Indeed, you will have to be careful to be able to preserve the watertightness of your roof during installation. Generally speaking, the kits are accompanied by manuals and their dealer’s website provides enough information and explanation for you to carry out the installation.
Finally, if a ten-year insurance is automatically delivered for any installation carried out by a certified professional, you will not benefit from it by carrying out the assembly of your solar kit yourself.