This video shows why—only certified professionals should be allowed to install solar panels

Although JerryRigEverything is a great tech review pro, he is no solar professional


KEY POINTS
  • JerryRigEverything is a great tech review pro, but he is no solar professional.
  • The fact that he stands and walks on solar panels clearly suggests he has no idea how fragile the solar cells in those panels are.
  • No one in the video is wearing fall arrest gear. Do they think the roof is too low they can't fall? Just terrible!

JerryRigEverything is a great tech review pro, but he is no solar professional.

The fact that he stands and walks on solar panels, with his full weight, clearly suggests he has no idea how fragile the panels are. In another part of the video (around 9:31), you can clearly see another guy kneeling on the panels.

Solar cells crack easily when you walk or kneel on them. But when they’re packaged in the module, it can be impossible to see this damage. Learn more in this video from NREL.

Also, no one in the video is wearing fall arrest gear. Maybe they think the roof is too low they can’t fall!

With the necessary criticism of the chaotic DIY installation process out of the way, let’s look at the numbers.

Jerry says he installed an 8.06kw solar panel system. It cost him $13,300 (before incentives). With the federal incentive for 2020 (26% tax credit) and his state tax credit ($1600) it brought the cost down to $8,243.

His energy costs are approx $0.11 per kWh on average. Using a solar calculator he was able to project that the system will generate about 12,000 kWh per year. Which is about $1,319 worth of energy. His system will ‘pay itself off‘ in about 6.2 years with incentives, which would have been 10 years without the incentives.

Over 30 years, the panels will generate around $35,000 dollars worth of energy—that is, if they haven’t already been damaged with all standing and kneeling.

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  1. Yes, he definitely will be introduced to micro-cracks and snail trails in the future. Wholesale Solar must of forgot to include the handling and installation guid from Next Energy Alliance, or he didn’t read it. Other points:
    -Looks like the microinverter plugs and the module plugs are mismatched. That’s a no no.
    -Some modules are mounted upside down. No wire ever should enter from the top of an outdoor Jbox, this includes modules. Seen many filled with water. Sideways or Jbox on top ONLY, EVER.
    -Also does not understand the difference between the module warranty and retained future generation. Although after thoroughly walking on all of them he will likely get down to as low as 70% in a few years.

    Solar Wholesale out to be embarrassed by this affiliation…….

    1. Maybe an attempt at explaining the chaos is the thought that the panels are his and the roof is his. You wouldn’t walk on someone else’s solar panels and you wouldn’t want to fall off of someone’s else roof–but your own? Eh…!

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