When you are just transitioning to solar power, pick something small to start with. Purchase a few solar energy lights for landscape lighting to help save energy and protect our planet. You can find them at big box and even home improvement stores. The installation is simple enough for the budding do-it-yourselfer to accomplish.
Solar panels are not very easy to install, so you should hire a professional to get the job done. While you will save a bit of money by trying to do it in your own, you do not want things to be less than perfect. Also, you will most likely end up paying someone to come out and fix the mess you made.
Heliocol customer Keith Gascoine in Tallebudgera, QLD reviews his happy experience using Heliocol solar pool heating.