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It is easy to build your own solar panel.
There are a variety of positives when it comes to solar panels, especially since they harness the natural elements on earth to provide us with green energy. The fact that they are a renewable energy source, meaning that it isn’t a resource that will run out, is an added bonus. Maybe you’ve thought about getting solar panels, but you’re unsure if they’re worth it. If so, I recommend reading on to learn more about this fantastic source of energy.
Most people worry about the initially high cost of the solar panels, which is the number one reason for not making the switch. However, the good news is that it probably isn’t as expensive as you think, and you can actually build your own solar panels at home with some basic tools and parts that are all available via the internet. The simplest type of solar panel to create can be made using items you may already own such as a screwdriver, saw, drill and a wooden container. You may also need some silicone caulking and/or wood glue to assemble the wooden container and attach the solar cells. Making a solar panel at home means that you will need solar cells because a panel is simply a collection of solar cells mounted in a container of some sort. Ebay is a good place to look for inexpensive cells against popular belief that they might be difficult to locate. You still need to be aware of what you are buying and don’t buy them just because you find them for less money. Your overall energy output depends heavily on the quality of your cells so be sure you are getting a good quality product. For this reason it is imperative for you to avoid any solar cell that is of grade B or lower quality. You will generate about 100 watts of power for every 100 solar cells you have in your solar panel which usually averages around 36 per panel. You may be surprised to find out that these cells aren’t as expensive as you might have thought, in fact only about $2 each.
With the DIY method of solar panel creation your will need to create a box for the solar cells to rest in groups within when the desired outcome is a solar panel. Because it is easer to work with than many of the other options for container creation, wood is the most obvious and widely used material. For the back of the solar panel, plywood is a great choice although there are many other types of wood that are also acceptable. You will then need to have some sort of stabilization inside the box (usually wood as well) and a top made of plexiglass to cover the container. This type of opaque covering protects the cells from damage due to the elements while still allowing necessary sunlight to reach each cell. You’ll want to remember to drill a whole for the wires to be pulled through as well. You can use solder to connect all of these cells together once you’ve mounted the solar cells. Solar panels are generally mounted on the roofs of homes or buildings and can be used to power anything from a single appliance to your entire home. You can also heat your home using the electricity from the solar panels which can save you money every winter.
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