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The Upside of Using Solar Panels
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? While this form of energy arrives as heat and light, that doesn’t mean it can’t be converted into a usable form of energy. Luckily, homeowners can take advantage of this energy with the help of solar panel systems that convert this energy into electricity.
To explain this, let’s think of solar panels as a box that holds solar cells together. The conversion of simple sunlight by the solar cells is how they create electricity. The creation of electricity using sunlight happens when the rays of the sun hit the silicone solar cells making electricity manifest. People that purchase solar panels need to buy a lot of them because each cell only produces half of a volt of electricity. The thought of being able to eliminate your electric bill is what causes many people to make solar panels on their own with the hope of replacing all of their electrical needs. If you are good at do-it-yourself projects, more than likely you will be able to create and soldered together your very own solar panels.
Before you install any solar panels, you should do some research, as the kind you get should be based on how much sunlight your area gets. This is because there are two types of solar panels, namely concentrating solar collectors and non-concentrating collectors.
If you live in an area that gets quite a bit of sunlight throughout the year, you should get a concentrating solar collector, which can absorb a great deal of direct sunlight. Non-concentrating solar collectors are able to absorb sunlight both directly and from reflection, making them ideal for areas that receive a lot less direct sunlight. If you have any doubt about which type would work best for you home, you should ask someone with experience in this field.
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 wood is often easier to work with it is often the material of choice when building solar panels. You can use whatever type of wood you like but plywood is a great option for the back. You will also need to put some wood inside the box to hold the cells and plexiglass to cover the box. This plexiglass covering serves two purposes, to protect the cells from the elements and also to allow sunlight to reach the cells too. It’s important that you remember to drill a whole for the wires to be pulled out of. Once you mount the solar cells, you will need to do a bit of soldering to connect the cells to each other. Conventional installation of solar panels requires positioning them on top of your living quarters, and using that electricity for your appliances and other needs. Another versatile use for solar panels is to have them power heaters for your home to cut back on your energy bill.
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