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How to Build Your Own Solar Panel
Solar power is an amazing form of clean energy because it is relatively inexpensive and will never run out. Our very own sun will live on for over 4 billion years giving us more than enough energy for our lifetime. With the help of solar panels, everyone can now enjoy the benefits of this cheap form of energy, especially since most areas provide tax incentives and rebates to people who switch to clean energy. You should be wondering by now how these solar panels work? This article details this exact process.
The biggest benefit of using solar power is you won’t need to be reliant on the public electric grid because you’ll be producing your own energy. This means that you can greatly cut down your electricity bills and maybe even slash them dramatically. In fact, you can also get paid because in many areas the government will buy any extra energy you produce. But even if this scheme doesn’t happen where you live, you will still save a lot of money with solar panels. You will need to have solar cells since making a solar panel isn’t much more than mounting solar cells in a container of some type. Most people probably think it’s quite difficult to get hold of these but they can easily be found on eBay. But, you’ll want to avoid making the mistake of purchasing a cell just because you find them cheap. A good quality cell is necessary, you don’t want to make the mistake of getting a damaged cell group if you intend to have a higher energy production. Therefore, you want to avoid any solar cells that are “grade B” or lower. You can usually expect to generate 100 watts of power from every 100 solar cells and there are somewhere around 36 of them in one solar panel. As you can probably imagine, you need many of these cells, fortunately they are not pricey with a cost of only $2.00 each.
If you are doing all of this yourself, it’s important to remember that a solar panel is essentially a set of solar cells grouped within a container, which you will need to create for your solar panels. 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. Plywood is a great option to use for the back, but you can use any type of wood you have available. You will also need to put some wood inside the box to hold the cells and plexiglass to cover the box. That plexiglass cover will allow sunlight to be absorbed by the cells while remaining protected from the elements. It’s important that you remember to drill a whole for the wires to be pulled out of. It is then necessary to connect the cells to one another via soldering. Although it does require a small amount of do it yourself know how, building your own solar panel really isn’t that hard after all. You just need a bit of patience and make sure you have all the materials you need before you start.
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