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Build Your Own Solar Panel
Solar panels can save a homeowner a lot of money on their energy bill.
Unfortunately, a large investment is needed to install solar panels, especially
if you want to run your entire home on solar power - so one option is to
build your own solar panel.
Solar panels do pay for themselves over time in
energy savings and after saving enough money to cover the initial investment
they will continue to provide energy for free because they do not require
costly maintenance to continue working. The average life of solar panels is
20 to 30 years. On average it takes solar panels three to ten years to pay
for themselves. That's at least ten years of free energy.
If you have considered solar panels to create the energy you need for
your home, you may have found that you could not afford the initial
investment which can be anywhere from thousands to tens of thousands of
dollars depending on how large of a system you need. It is possible, however,
to build your own solar panels. There are many benefits to building your own
solar panels, mainly the cost savings. If you build your own solar panels
you can begin getting free energy even sooner than if you had a system
It is possible to make solar cells at
home with everyday materials. These types of solar cells will draw a small
current and are very easy to make. These small cells are not suited
for solar home heating, however,
because they are not powerful enough. They make great science projects or
fun experiments but if you want to harness the power of the sun for your home
for power, heating, and hot water, you will need solar panels equivalent
to the ones commercially available. Unfortunately it is hard to get all
the necessary materials needed to create your own solar panel from scratch,
but there are many kits available that come with everything you need to
create house powering solar panels at substantial savings.
If you want to build your own solar panel you can find many kits online
that contain everything you need; silicone semiconductors, wire contacts,
electrical connectors, glass, framing, and converters, at great savings.
It is important to buy your solar panel kit from a reputable supplier so
that you know you are getting quality materials that will last. Building
your own solar panel is not as hard as you may think. Kits come with
directions that tell you how to position and connect all of the elements
together. A little soldering will probably be required, but other than
that you do not need much technical knowledge.