Are Selfmade Solar Panels Possible, Economical, and Useful?
With energy prices rising steadily over the last few decades and no reason to think they’ll fall anytime soon, many homeowners are exploring the option of powering their homes with renewable, or “green”, 5kw solar system. The two most common home green energy systems are wind turbines and photo voltaic panels. Of these two, photo voltaic energy panels have emerged as the most popular, due to their solid-state nature – meaning that with fewer moving parts, they require less maintenance over the years.
Unfortunately, installing a solar power system in your home can be prohibitively expensive. Having pre-made solar power panels professionally installed costs at least $3000 – and the price tag only rises quickly from there. To reduce this huge cost, many homeowners are exploring the possibility of building and installing their personal home made photo voltaic panels. You may be one of them.
If so, you probably have a lot of questions. Can the average person really establish a Do-It-Yourself (Do it yourself) photo voltaic power system in their garage or basement? If they could, would it really be significantly cheaper than having it professionally installed? And finally, would homemade solar panels provide enough electricity to be worth all the time and effort? This article will seek to answer these questions.
What Are the Benefits of a Home Photo voltaic Power System?
o You can reduce or even eliminate your power bill.
o If you generate surplus electricity, you can sell it to your local power company.
o You can increase the property value of your home.
o You can get tax deductions for using eco-friendly home power systems.
o You no longer have to worry about power outages.
o You help protect the environment – photo voltaic energy produces no greenhouse gasses.
What Are the Benefits of Building Selfmade Photo voltaic Panels?
o Money. Over half of a contractor’s installation fee is time and labor. If you provide this yourself, you can drastically reduce the cost of building and installing your own personal home photo voltaic power system.
o Time. You can create your do-it-yourself solar panels in stages, adding new panels and producing more electricity at your personal pace.
o Education. By building a home photo voltaic power system yourself, you’ll learn how solar electrical technology works. You’ll be able to perform your very own maintenance and repairs, further reducing your costs.
Where Can I Find the Materials to Construct a Do-it-yourself Photo voltaic Panel?
Almost all the materials you’ll need to build a Do it yourself solar panel (such as copper wire, plywood, glass, silicone, etc.) can be found at either your local hardware store (such as Home Depot) or electronics store (such as Radio Shack). The same goes for the tools and equipment you’ll need to construct your selfmade solar panels. Any tool you don’t already have in your garage or basement (such as a voltage meter), you can buy at your local hardware or electronics store.
The lone exception to this rule is the photovoltaic photo voltaic cells that you’ll need to develop together into Do it yourself solar power panels. Unless you live in a very large city with a specialized photo voltaic hardware store, you’ll probably need to order these online or you can make it on your personal.