With the state of the global economy, more and more people are turning to solar energy. Installing solar panels will be high, but the expense will quickly be off set by the amount you will be saving on your electric bill. The good news is that you can actually build your own solar panels for half the price. While this article can't possibly provide a comprehensive guide to building your own solar panel, we will look at some of the most important aspects.
The main reason statistically speaking, that more people have not made the switch yet is the high cost of the panels for solar energy. But, there is good news, solar panels are probably not as expensive as you might think, in fact you can even make your own solar panels at home with a little help from the internet and some basic household tools. It may surprise you to find that many of the products you already have in your home can be used to create a simple solar panel design, for instance, you probably own a saw, drill, screwdriver and a wooden container of some sort. In order for you to attach the solar cells and put the box together it may be necessary to have some wood glue and silicone caulk on hand. A solar panel is connected to batteries and most of them use the regular 12 volt batteries that are used in cars. A plain old lead acid battery, which is very affordable, is what you'll need. You can save hundreds of dollars by finding low-cost or free batteries in your area. Once the battery has stored enough electricity, you can use the energy by hooking up a power inverter to convert it to AC. This means you should get a true sine wave or modified energy converter. To replicate the comforts of home, a true sine wave inverter is what you need to have actual alternating current. By spending a few extra dollars on the right inverter, you will be able to use your electricity in your home.
You will need a container to put the series of solar cells that will make up your solar panel into if you are taking the do it yourself route. Containers can be made out of a wide range of materials but the one that most people prefer is wood because it is easier to work with. You can use whatever wood type suits your fancy but we can recommend the usage of plywood. You'll need wood inside the box that can hold the cells separate as well as a plexiglass covering for the box. This type of opaque covering protects the cells from damage due to the elements while still allowing necessary sunlight to reach each cell. You will also need a whole in the bottom of the box that will allow you to pull the wires out of the box. Now that you have the cells mounted it becomes necessary to connect each to the next using a bit of solder. Conventional installation of solar panels requires positioning them on top of your living quarters, and using that electricity for your appliances and other needs. People use solar panels to heat their homes, especially if they live in a region that is particularly cold.