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5120 Watt (5kW) DIY Solar Panel Kit w/String Inverter
Is this solar panel kit right for me?
A 5kW Solar Kit requires up to 400 square feet of space and could produce an estimated 350 to 850 kilowatt hours (kWh) of alternating current (AC) power per month, assuming at least 5 sun hours per day with the solar array facing south. Refer to your electric utility bill to find the actual kWh used per month and compare it to how much power this 5kW PV system can generate.
This 5kW size grid-connect solar kits include solar panels, string inverter, and the racking system for roof mount. These are complete PV power systems that can work for a home or business, with everything you need to get the system up and running. The kits include hardware components only; does NOT include labor.
The 500-800kWh generated by these systems does some major reduction to a heavy user's bill and virtually eliminates the bill of a medium user.
What is included in my 5kW solar installation kit?
Our DIY home install kits provide all the solar components you need from start to finish.
Solar Panels - 16 x 320W High performance 72-cell polycrystalline PV modules with 25 year warranties.
String Inverter - Includes one easy-to-install string inverter with reliable performance at the right price.
Racking and Attachments - Industry leading IronRidge racking mounts the solar panels to your roof.
System Monitoring - Free with every kit purchase! View and analyze your solar energy production in real-time.
System Design and Financial Analysis - We'll fit this system for your specific roof and calculate your solar investment payback.
Not Included - Wire, conduit, fittings, breakers, AC/DC Disconnects (if required), junction boxes and a sub panel (if required). All these items can be purchased at any electrical supply shop, Home Depot or Lowes, and will typically cost $300 to $500. Our technical support representative will provide a shopping list once your plans are complete.
A 5kW system takes about one weekend.
Our kits use industry leading solar panels, inverters, and racking systems specifically selected and combined to make do-it-yourself installation possible.
A homeowner who has wired an AC outlet and is comfortable working on their roof can install our Solar kit.
The installation of a solar system, even from a complete kit is considered above the average homeowner's skill set and should not be taken upon lightly. Each task is rather simple, but you will be working at heights, on a angle, probably in the heat of the bright sun, working with power tools, hoisting large expensive pieces of glass up ladders and across a roof peppered with racking and wiring.
You'll also be working with DC voltages above 300VDC and household 240V AC. You should be good with simple math and be mechanically inclined. If you're willing to give it a try, it can be a rewarding experience both in saving you a lot of money and of giving you a great sense of accomplishment.
If self-installation is not for you, click here to find an installer.
What is the installation process?
A typical solar roof mounted system for a home can be installed within 2 days once a permit is obtained from your city or county. After that, it’s just 5 easy steps until you’re producing power from the sun.
Take your plan set to your city or county and apply for a permit to install. The plan review process can take up to 10 days. Once the city or county approves your plans and issues your permit you may begin installing your solar system.
First, the racking and mounting system must be installed. This is the most laborious process of the solar installation process. You have to locate the rafters on your home and secure the racking system directly to them.
Once the racking and mounting system is on your roof, the solar panels and inverters can be quickly installed. The inverter(s) are then tied into the grid through a dedicated breaker in your main service panel.
When the installation is complete, your city or county inspector must sign off on it. You can accomplish this by scheduling an inspection meeting with them.
Lastly, you must send the final job card, interconnection paperwork, and your net metering agreement to your utility. They will then grant you Permission to Operate. It can take up to 4 weeks after passing inspection for your utility to provide you Permission to Operate. With our interconnection service we will process all the paperwork for you.
How much should I pay a contractor to install the solar kit?
Any licensed general, electrical or solar contractor can install our solar kits. If you select to hire a contractor to install your solar kit, you should expect to pay approximately $1.00 per watt for labor, wire, conduit, fittings, breakers and other miscellaneous electrical components to complete the solar system installation. For a 5 kW (kilowatt) system, which is 5,000 watts, you can expect to pay $5,000 for installation.
Benefits of Going Solar
Federal government provides a 30% tax credit on all residential solar installations until 12/31/2019.
Some state & local governments as well as some utilities are also offering financial incentives to homeowners.
Investing in solar on your roof provides 6%-13% return on investment, better than most other investments today.
By going solar you'll be supporting local jobs and helping America become more energy independent.
By going solar you'll be reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and help clean up the environment for future generations.
Zero down financing and 30% Federal Tax Credit still available!
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