Plug In DIY Solar Panel Kit

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Enter the plug-in solar panel. Plugged Solar offers an innovative solution: plug in DIY solar panels.

When you think of solar installations, you probably think of a crew of construction workers hammering away at your roof to install the right number of solar panels at the right angle. And that image can make you think of the costs of solar installation, along with the research, time, budgeting, and so on it will take to install those panels. While all those steps are extremely worthwhile, as you’ll be saving tons of money on utility bills while cutting down your greenhouse gas emissions, it can also sound like too much money or effort for some people.

What’s a Plug In DIY Solar Panel?

It must be some kind of futuristic marvel! But Plugged Solar has managed to construct and sell home solar panel kits that make installation fast and easy, usually in about an afternoon. Consider it the IKEA version of solar panel installation.

What makes this patented kit so great is that it comes prewired and configured with all the installation components already set up. It plugs directly into a standard 120 Volt electrical wall socket, just like your vacuum cleaner, and saves you time and money on the solar power installation process.

How To Install

Here’s an overview on how to set up your Plugged Solar Kit:

  • Assemble the racking. You can choose whether you want to mount it to your roof, patio, or the ground. The ground mount option is the simplest and fastest to assemble, but you can still install it on the roof or patio pretty easily. Just make sure you have measuring tape, a drill, and a ratchet, plus a ladder for the roof.
  • Place the solar panels wherever you want. Affix the solar panels on to the racking.
  • Connect the negative and positive ends of the solar panels to each other as per the instructions. This will create a circuit.
  • Connect the solar panel circuit to the inverter. Plug the cord from the solar panels into the grid tie inverter, then plug the system into the wall. Use any standard electrical outlet.
  • After you hear a click, check that the kilowatt generation wireless monitor is on.

And there you have it — powerful solar energy at your fingertips!

All of their home solar panels kits are grid-tie systems, which means they use the existing power grid to meet your home’s energy needs. So if your home consumes more energy that a panel can produce, your home will draw energy from the grid, but as long as the solar panels produce more energy than you consumer, you’ll use less energy overall. That translates to huge overall savings when it comes to utility bills!

For homeowners who want to test out solar, but don’t have the funds or time to invest heavily into a rooftop solar system just yet, this is an amazing alternative. By buying one of these plug-in solar panels, you’ll get to see just how much you save while also embracing green energy solutions for a fraction of the cost. What’s not to love?

Have you tried DIY solar panel kits? What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments!

Image Credit: via Flickr under a Creative Commons license

  • by Nadia Osman
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  • April 1, 2015

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