Solar Power

Is DIY Solar Panels a Possible Solution?

If you want to use solar power in their home, you should carefully think about the cost of buying and installing the panels. Many people think of DIY solar Panels, but is it the best choice?

Before you even think about installing a solar panel, you have to think about the amount of sunlight you receive in your area, as this varies considerably. Some places like Santa Fe, New Mexico get sunshine an average of 325 days of the year. By contrast, Seattle has only 58 clear days, 82 days that are partly cloudy and 226 days that are cloudy. In the first case, a solar system would provide ample electricity most of the year. In Seattle’s case, the efficiency would be much lower. For those living in Seattle, many more modules would be required to get the needed amount of electricity. That will raise the cost, so before you even start at looking into building your own panel you will have to take into account of where you live.

Before you start, I would ensure that read as much information as you can. It is better to go into any project knowing all the facts and ensuring that you have investigated all the solutions to problems before they happen. As with most things nowadays, you can find what you need to know on the internet, and even after a quick look, you should be able to find manuals or a guide that will help you on your way.

By spending a small amount of money now, will pay dividends in the end, and could stop you wasting money and time further along in your project. You will have to calculate how much power you will need to create from Solar Power to power your home, you should be able to get this information from your utility bills, it is best to go with the higher value. Once you know this, you will be able to calculate how many solar panels you need to provide all your power needs. Any good manual will take you through these steps.

The actual building of the solar panels can be completed by anyone with the most basic DIY knowledge. The materials you need should also be available in your local hardware store, the only item you may need to track down are the solar cells that make up the panels. The first panel you should make will be enough to power a couple of small appliances and should take about a day, and with the knowledge, you gain from building it, all the subsequent panels easier and quicker. The whole process should be a lot easier if you have detailed pictures and information on what exactly you need to do, and be sure to have a look if any video detailing panel construction is available.

Building you own solar panels is a viable alternative to getting professional installers in, but just remember to learn as much as you can before you start, charging into the project could cost you more money in the long run.



Gavin Dye is the webmaster at Solar Power 4u where you can learn about solar power and solar panels. You can also find the best resources for information on DIY solar panels.