by PHL Council
Create Your Own Solar Power
Over the last couple of years solar power generators have become more and more popular due to our hard economical times. Thousands of solar power systems are being installed domestically every day. Not only people lower their energy bills but solar panels are also safe for the environment. Read on if you’re interested in making your own solar panels that can drastically reduce your energy bills month after month.
Normally a ready made solar panel costs up to a few thousands and I’m sure not everyone wants to make such an investment. This is the reason why more and more people are deciding to build their own solar panels right in their own backyard. All the parts that you need to build a solar system don’t cost you more than $ 200 dollars depending on where you buy the parts from. (We’ve researched the Internet for a while and noticed that the solar cells for example are the cheapest to buy online — as low as $ 1 per cell.)
In fact the photovoltaic cell is the most important part of the system. Each panel contains a set of solar cells that are wired up with copper in series. Even a 200 watt solar panel produces enough energy to either charge a battery for further use or to be converted directly into AC voltage for domestic use. Create Your Own Solar Power
If you decide to start building you own solar panels you need to have all the required parts such as photovoltaic cells, copper wire, boards, glass and all the other required tools including a soldering iron that heats up fast. You need be careful as the markets are full of non-quality solar cells, the cheapest and most effective ones can be found online. Basically you won’t be spending more than one hundred and fifty to two hundred dollars altogether. Imagine that a solar panel normally costs around $ 3000. (Last time I’ve checked at my local power system supplier.)
Depending on the size of your house and how much energy you need, you might want to make more than one solar panel. A charge controller will be required in order to regulate the amount of energy that each panel sends into the charging batteries. For those that don’t know the batterie’s life is being shortened when you over charge them and that’s why a charge controller is a ‘must have’.
No matter how many solar panels you need to make, building them on your own will drastically reduce the costs comparing to what you would pay for a few ready-made ones. We’re now building our fifth panel and so far we haven’t spent more than nine hundred dollars altogether. And if you’re a bit lucky you might be able to get some of the materials at a local garage sale. Even if it’s hard to believe you can save more than 80% on your energy bills each year by making your own solar panels. Create Your Own Solar Power
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