If you want to power your home during a power outage, you may be considering getting an emergency backup system. You may also be searching for ways to cut electric costs, and the idea of adding solar panels may have come up. If you are thinking about getting into the solar power arena, here are some things you’ll want to know prior to making a decision. The average assembled, already built solar panel system is going to run anywhere from $ 5,000 to $ 30,000 and upwards to have it done. While that may stop you cold, there is another way. If you’re handy, or you can read a manual and follow directions, a do-it-yourself alternative may be the way to go. If you get a good guide that offers step-by-step directions, you can get all the parts you need for around $ 500.
Knowing the solar panel process and what it takes to build them is the hard part. Solar panels are collectors that utilize solar thermal energy that produces electricity. Solar panels come in a wide variety of types and sizes, and will do different things. For instance, you can get solar panels that will only heat up water or you can go for the full blown photovoltaic cells that produce DC current from the suns rays.
You will need some basic tools to build a solar power system:
– A clean place with space to work and a good, basic set of tools.
– Safety equipment including safety goggles
– A handheld drill, inverter, soldering tool and DC meter
– A solar panel – 20 volt
As well, you will want to get weather-resistant, durable mounting that can absorb rainwater without sustaining damage. Residential solar panels work in two ways – mounted to a pole or attached to the roof. Each way allows the solar panels to collect the suns rays and convert them. If you want to build a solar panel system, the easier way is to mount them to the roof.
Solar panels will convert the suns energy to DC current. DC electricity is subsequently converted into a current which houses use for lighting and appliances. If the panels collect an excess of energy, it is transferred to the utility energy grid which if unused will show as a credit on your electric bill. However, after the sun sets, if you use electricity in your home, it is pulled back from the grid so that you can use it.
Some things to keep in mind with solar panels:
– There is no battery backup system needed with solar panels
– You can build a solar panel system from parts you get from your local hardware emporium
– Make sure that you consider carefully where you’re going to mount your solar panels. Putting them in the wrong place will result in decreased energy supply and defeat the purpose of having them. Avoid shady places, or places with lots of trees where debris can fall on the panels.
– Snow, in heavy amounts, can affect the solar panels; however, light snow will not. If you get a heavy snow, be sure and go up with a squeegee and scrape off any extra snow that’s collected there.
– There is no reason to replace a new roof; however, if your roof is old or about to need replacement in the next few years, you may want to invest prior to installing your solar panel system. Solar panels are very durable and are likely to last up to 25 years.
Unfortunately, Solar System Panels are not for every house. You should check it out prior to investing in the materials to make a Solar Panel System. Things to check include if your house has a lot of shade trees, if the sunlight is obstructed from where you want to put the solar panels. As well, know that the best direction for solar panels is on a roof that’s southward.