With today’s earth-friendly technologies solar power is considered to be a practical source of renewable energy. It is now cheap enough for house owners to purchase and install solar power systems for their home. While the price of solar energy systems is now considerably lower than before, many homeowners remain unable to afford them. Producing your own electricity by installing solar power system at your home is a sizable investment. However you should not be upset by it. Instead it should be a source of motivation to design, build, and install strong and long lasting DIY solar panels. Many negative people out there are saying making your own solar panels is highly complex and that you can never make it work on your own. That is obviously incorrect. Here are some useful tips that can get you started for your very own DIY solar panels.
Start with the very core of a solar energy system
PV panels are the heart and soul of the solar energy set-up. These are in charge of transmitting the solar power and turning it into electrical energy. However PV panels are not even close to being cheap. Fortunately you can construct your own DIY solar panels by purchasing solar cells, the building block of a functional industrial solar system. Solar cells can easily be bought on the internet. The price of these cells is dependent on its rated “class” (class A, B, and C – A having the best quality). If you want a long lasting homemade system, go for class-A solar cells. An average DIY solar panel can have at least 32 pieces of solar cells arrayed together producing at least 18 kilovolts of electricity. These numbers should help you estimate the size of your DIY solar panels project.
Framing the solar cells
A simple, wood container can be used to frame the solar cells. Solar cells are fragile so you need to work carefully with it. This makes a robust frame necessary to keep the cells stable enough for external installation. The frame or container will also house the wiring (series wiring from the framed solar cells) and the diodes, completing your DIY solar “panel” assembly. Take additional care in the frame construction. This does not demand expertise in construction. This is just a simple commitment to quality that will ensure the durability of your DIY solar panels.
Protect the solar cells
Make sure to cover up the front side of the solar cells with Plexiglass. This will ensure the longevity of the panel by making it stronger and protecting its surface from the…