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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. The sun is estimated by scientists last for billions of years, clearly showing this energy source is trustworthy. Several companies are now offering incentives that slash the costs of solar panels allowing most people to benefit from this cheap energy source. But how exactly do solar panels work? By the end of this article, you will understand.
Solar panels are not that difficult to build at home. Of course, you do need to have some DIY skills, in that you need to be handy with a soldering iron and to be able to handle a saw, but other than that you can have a solar panel ready in no time at all. You will need some equipment as well as solar panels, wood for the container and plexiglass for the cover. You will have to use caulk to attach your solar cells to your wooden container. Pre-tabbed solar cells will make the wiring easier. Otherwise you will have to solder on tabs before you glue them in place.
This plexiglass topped container serves as protection from the elements for the cells as well as allowing unobstructed sunlight to reach the cells. The substrate is what you will use to glue your solar cells to. Because the wood will shrink and expand with the weather, you should use a dot of caulk in the center of the cell. Using a single dot of caulk will allow the wood to shift without damaging your solar cells. Drill a hole in the box to feed your wires through, but make sure that you fill it with caulk when you are done to prevent moisture from getting to your solar cells. Your solar panel is almost complete, just mount your plexiglass with screws.
The items you need to build solar panels aren’t hard to find if you prefer to do it yourself; you could order everything you need online or shop in local stores. The solar cells you buy are the central element of your solar panels, so this is the first thing to consider. The more powerful they are, the more energy you’ll get out of them.
The usual ratio to keep in mind is that eighty solar cells will generate approximately one hundred watts of electricity. Based on how much energy you need, you can use this figure to estimate how many solar panels to build and how large they’ll have to be.
Solar panels are going to be the future of electricity production in the home because they’re not just cost-effective, they are also helpful to the environment. So, the sooner you get them installed, the more money you can save on electricity.
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