Why wouldn’t I just purchase a panel on my own?

To install a system of your own you would need to purchase the panels, racking system, inverter, and connecting equipment. In addition, you would have the installation expense and ongoing maintenance. Also, you would need an unshaded southfacing roof or a suitable location for a pole mounted system. And, it usually is not feasible to take it with you if you move. A system of your own would likely cost several thousand dollars even for a small system. We encourage our members to install their own but this is a great way to invest in solar in a small way that is portable!