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You Can Make Your Own Solar Panel
DIY Solar Panel
Are you a home handyperson? Do you enjoy home improvement projects around your house? Do you like to work with your hands and create something of value?
If you are a motivated do-it-yourselfer, if you can read and learn and follow instructions, it’s easy to build a solar panel.
Why should you make your own solar panel?
Take a look at your latest your electric bill. It keeps going up. There are many reasons why electric rates will rise in the next ten years. Take steps now to reduce your home energy consumption and consider switching to alternative energy sources – like solar power.
Unsure whether solar power is right for your home? You can contact a solar installer and get their recommendations. You’ll be surprised at the cost – professionally installed solar system can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The good news is that the cost of manufacturing solar cells continues to go down. Still -- even with government incentives -- the remaining out-of-pocket costs are too much for most homeowners.
Build a solar panel yourself
Put your home DIY skills to work. You can make your own solar panel. It is not expensive. In the process you’ll learn how solar energy from the sun can be transformed into electrical current You’ll learn how electrical current can be stored in a battery, or (with the help of an inverter) used to power small appliances.
You’ll also learn whether solar power is right for conditions at your home; whether you should consider a whole house solar power system at a later date.
And you can take pride that you’ve done it yourself. You’ve stepped into the future. And by putting your home-made solar panel to work you’ll be saving money on electric bills.
How to get started
Get good guidance materials. You need a quality manual with detailed, easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions on exactly how to make your own solar panel.
There are good solar panel guidance manuals out there. Chose one and get started.
You’ll be glad you did.
Books on home solar power for your home library
Here is a helpful book on home solar if you’d rather do more research before you get started.
Home solar technology and products are rapidly evolving -- books that are several years old may be dated; you may want to acquire them for ideas and reference -- you also may pay less for dated books.