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How to Build Your Own Solar Panel
More and more people are turning to solar energy in an effort to cut costs, especially with the current state of the global economy. The expense of the solar panels would be offset by the savings on your electricity bill. Building your own solar panels for half the price is good news. This article has some of the most important aspects that you will need to know about building your own solar panels.
Many people think that building your own solar panels at home is difficult. You will have to have some “Do It Yourself” skills, to build your own solar panels. You can find solar cells online, and you will need wood to build a container and plexiglass for the cover. To attach your solar cells to the wooden container you can use caulk. Pre-tabbed solar cells will make the wiring easier. Otherwise you will have to solder on tabs before you glue them in place. 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. Ebay is a good place to look for inexpensive cells against popular belief that they might be difficult to locate. 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. Stick with a solar cell that is above a “Grade B”. One solar panel is made up of an average of 36 solar cells, each solar cell can produce 100 watts of power. Each solar cell costs about $2 so you won’t go broke on them.
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. Containers can be made out of a wide range of materials but the one that most people prefer is wood because it is easier to work with. Your local hardware and lumber store can direct you to many types of woods available although the final choice is yours 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. 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.
Without a doubt, solar panels are definitely the future for producing energy in the home, not just because they’re cost-effective but they’re also good for the environment. So, the sooner you get them installed, the more money you can save on electricity.
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