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How to Build Your Own Solar Panel
While we’re accustomed to many types of energy and technology, the only power source we couldn’t live without is the sun. When you know how to make use of solar energy, it has many practical applications in your home for daily life. Modern solar panels enable you to create electricity in a simple and cost effective manner.
Undoubtedly one of the best benefits of installing solar panels is the fact that you’ll be making your own energy, so you won’t need to rely on the electric grid for power. You will at the very least be able to save on your electricity bills, and you may even be able to drastically reduce them. Also, you can actually earn money because in many areas the government will buy any surplus energy you create. Installing a solar panel system will enable you to make big savings, regardless of whether this scheme operates in your area or not. 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. Many people think it’s too hard to find solar cells but the reality is you can easily find them on Ebay. You still need to be aware of what you are buying and don’t buy them just because you find them for less money. You need good quality cells that aren’t damaged because the better they are the more energy they produce. If the solar cells you find on Ebay are rated at or below grade “B” avoid them. You can expect about 100 solar cells to produce approximately 100 watts of power and the average solar panel has 36 of these. 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.
Since solar panels are essentially a set of solar cells within a container, you will need to make a container if you are taking the DIY route with your solar panels. Because wood is often easier to work with it is often the material of choice when building solar panels. 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. Since sunlight needs to get into each cell, plexiglass coverings are perfect ways to protect the cells from the elements and still allow full sun exposure to the cells. Also, don’t forget to drill a hole in the box so you can pull the wires out. Once you mount the solar cells, you will need to do a bit of soldering to connect the cells to each other.
All it takes to build your own solar panel is a little skill with the tools. Using your home built solar panels you could be powering your entire home with sunlight.
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