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Building Your Own Solar Panel Isn’t Nearly As Hard As You Might Think
In an effort to cut energy costs, more and more people are using solar energy. The expense of the solar panels would be offset by the savings on your electricity bill. There is good news about building solar panels. While this article can’t possibly provide a comprehensive guide to building your own solar panel, we will look at some of the most important aspects.
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. In order for you to attach the solar cells and put the box together it may be necessary to have some wood glue and silicone caulk on hand.
The plexiglass is for protection of your cells. The substrate is what you will use to glue your solar cells to. Just a dot of silicone caulk in the center of the cell will keep the cells steady when the wood expands or shrinks. To prevent damage to your solar cell, use just a single dot of caulk which will allow the wood to shift. After you have pushed the wires through the hole that you drilled make sure that you have filled it with caulk. Then, screw your Plexiglas on and mount it where you want.
A nifty device that sits between the battery and the solar panel is called the charge controller. Voltage level regulation, as well as maintaining battery capacity levels, is the focus of this particular component. Proper flow of your electricity from the solar panel to the battery, but not vice versa, is handled by these components. This will help you prevent overcharging which can cause damage to your batteries over time. Do it yourself skills are necessary as with any project but overall this is a simple task to tackle for many of us. It’s really no harder than knowing what materials you’ll need, obtaining them before you begin and having the patience to complete the task.
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