Des Moines Solar
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Des Moines, IA
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Solar Company in Des Moines
Building Your Own Solar Panel Isn’t Nearly As Hard As You Might Think
The sun is by far the most powerful source of energy for our planet; did you know that in only an hour the earth can receive enough energy from the sun to meet our power needs for a whole year? Solar energy is one of the most practical and economical forms of energy when we know how to take advantage of it. With easy to install solar panels, it’s possible to get heat and electricity you can use for all of your power requirements.
You can run your lamps, television, computers and even get hot water from the power generated by a solar panel on the roof of your home. This can allow you to cut back on many of your bills such as electricity, gas or oil.
Even though there’s an initial cost when you install solar panels in your home, there are a variety of rebates and tax incentives available that make it worthwhile to do this. Fortunately, as they get more popular and the technology advances, it’s getting cheaper all the time to install solar panels. If you do the job of installing solar panels yourself, then you’ll be able to benefit from energy independence without even having a high up front cost. In order to create a solar panel at home you will need to have solar cells to mount into your wooden (or other) type of box in a collection format. Never let a naysayer tell you that these are hard to find, in today’s market just about anything you might need can be found on Ebay. Just because you find them cheap doesn’t always mean you should invest in them. Your overall energy output depends heavily on the quality of your cells so be sure you are getting a good quality product. Therefore, you want to avoid any solar cells that are “grade B” or lower. One solar panel is made up of an average of 36 solar cells, each solar cell can produce 100 watts of power. For an average cost of $2 each these cells can be called rather inexpensive compared to what you might have been thinking.
You will need a container to put the series of solar cells that will make up your solar panel into if you are taking the do it yourself route. Wood is the most widely used material for these containers although there are a wide range of other materials that can also be used. For the back of the solar panel, plywood is a great choice although there are many other types of wood that are also acceptable. Cover the container with plexiglass, you may also want to put a bit of wood inside the box to hold the cells in place. 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 need to have a hole in the box that will make it possible for you to get the wires pulled outside the box too. It is then necessary to connect the cells to one another via soldering. You must place solar panels on top of your building or home so that they can receive sunlight and power your home at the same time. People use solar panels to heat their homes, especially if they live in a region that is particularly cold.
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