Ready, Set, Solar: What You Need to Know About Making Solar Panels at Home!

For someone with experience in DIY, building your own solar panels is an easy task. All you need are the materials and the resources from a kit as well as a few simple tools and basic components, and you’ll be putting together your own solar panels in no time.

Solar panel kits are easy to find. They are commonly available at hardware stores and like shops where you live. Your basic yet will come equipped with solar plates, a battery, converter, photovoltaic cells, semi-conductor block, and conductor wires. But if the kit is not for you, you can also purchase the components separately.

When you open your kit, inside you will find the solar panels. They are wafer-like disks which have been polished with care to a glossy finish, and then meticulously cut and coated with a semiconductor for the purpose of altering electrical charges. If you decide to purchase a kit, you will save yourself the trouble of treating the panels yourself. With the kit, you just have to put things together following the instructions.

How Do You Do the Job? In order to build and install your homemade solar panels, you will need to understand photovoltaics, as well as develop skills with cable wires and soldering. If you’re unsure or don’t feel comfortable with this, you can always find someone who has installed their own homemade solar panels to help you. Either finding someone to help you or doing it yourself is significantly cheaper than hiring a professional. If you are going to pay, materials and installation can cost you $20,000. You could, of course, get a rebate to help offset some of your expenses, but those deductions won’t come until tax day.

Doing the Job: Building and installing homemade solar panels require an understanding of photovoltaics, skill with cable wires and soldering. If you are unsure of the task, you can always get someone who has installed homemade solar panels to help you. Doing the job yourself or getting someone to help you is way cheaper than hiring a professional. Installation plus materials can cost you $20,000. You might get a rebate on your expense but the deductions are not outright but on installment every tax time.

The job is an easy for experienced DIYs. To assemble, you have to combine the components ” solar panels, the photovoltaic cells, and the semi-conductor block. The solar plate must be angled to receive most of the suns rays. The panels must be placed above the photovoltaic cells and wires are soldered on the receiving ends of the solar panels and the photovoltaic cells.

One area which calls for special care is putting up the semiconductor, as this is the point of sunlight conversion and essential step for the generation of electricity. The semiconductor is placed below the solar panel and photovoltaic cells and then connected to both by conductor wires. You want to take extra care that the wires are connected properly and securely.

After assembling the components, you have to connect the converter. Once that’s done you’re ready for the last step: setting up the battery or batteries. Be careful here. In fact you might even want to find a certified electrician to help out. Your goal is to achieve the maximum solar storage in order to allow you to have the greatest amount of solar power for your home.

Since most components are easy to find, all you have to do is inspect these and then calculate the cost and you’ll be able to outfit your entire home with homemade solar panels in no time. Soon you will have the solar power you need to power your home. Do it from scratch or use a kit, the choice is yours.

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Originally posted 2009-05-12 04:15:22.



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