Making Your Own DIY Solar Panels
In today’s world, many large companies as well as individuals are looking at alternative energy sources. Solar panels have been popular as a source for alternative energy, letting the sun provide the needed energy. Initially solar panels were very expensive and only available to those who could afford the high price tag. Now, there are less expensive solar panels as well as the ability for the average person to construct their own solar panels. There are many kits available for solar panels, but if you’re the resourceful type, it’s even easier to put together the materials in order to have a more customized panel.
Some kits may not be the best option for your specific application, which is why building your own panel can be the better route to choose. In the long run, building your own panels can help provide you with a significant savings on energy costs.
Cheap DIY solar panels
often will cost you less than $500 depending on where you source your materials. In some cases these panels will pay for themselves within the first year of use. Homemade solar panels can provide you with enough energy to power your television for all of its weekly use, and many smaller household appliances.
Here’s how you can go from paying thousands of dollars for solar panels, to building your own for hundreds of dollars and a few hours of your time.
Start by locating a solar panel that you’d like to use
The actual panel itself will be the most expensive part of this project. If you’d like to save even more money, it is always possible to construct the panel on your own by purchasing pieces of used or broken panels. These can be found online and are sold in bulk, often just a few dollars for bags of them. If you do decide to purchase pieces of a solar panel, each solar cell will need to be tested in order to ensure that it is in proper working order.
Use a multi meter
available at most hardware stores to test each piece. It is extremely important to make sure that each piece works properly. If one tiny segment does not work, then it can cause your entire panel not work at all. Also, make sure you have a conductive pen handy to connect any of the lines on the negative side of the panel. Drawing thick lines with the pen across any broken areas or spaces in the lines can accomplish this.
Your next step is to connect the individual pieces. You can simply use hot glue and conductive mesh to piece everything together. Make sure you connect the cells to the proper part of the next piece, negative to negative and positive to positive. Since the pieces are very fragile, we recommend coating them with silicon to reinforce them. You never know when Mother Nature will throw something at your solar panel causing permanent damage. To simply avoid this process, again you have the choice to purchase a panel already constructed.
Next you will need a charge controller
These typically run for less than $100 depending on where you purchase it. The charge controller controls the amount of power that is running to your battery. These allow you to monitor the amount of energy currently being used, and if the system is running low on power.
For the third item
you will need a set of batteries to actually power whatever it is you choose louse the solar energy for. The batteries are constantly recharged by the solar panels. You can easily use smaller batteries such as those used in golf carts. Keep these in a place free from moisture and ensure that they are kept clean. The batteries will then be run through an inverter, which converts the 12 volt DC power (from the battery) 10 120 volt AC power that is used in most household devices. Inverters are relatively inexpensive, and are generally the cheapest component for this project. The inverter will be placed between the batteries and whatever objects you decide louse the solar power for
You can see that with a little upfront cost, the savings in the long run for a DIY solar panel will pay for themselves before the first year is up. Before you begin this task, search around for suppliers that will offer parts at a lower cost. Find used batteries, broken solar cells, a used inverter, and a charge controller. See how cheap you can get allot these parts. The cheaper you acquire them for, the sooner your panel pays for itself.