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DIY Solar Panels

Updated on October 13, 2014

DIY Solar Panels – Things to Remember Before Going Off-Grid

There is a lot of clamor on the Internet for guidebooks on DIY solar panels. When you go to Google and make a search, you will get hundreds of results for off-grid power. There are also a lot of reviews and commentaries on the topic that you can read.

If you are considering getting your own solar panels, you have to think first if you prefer to be grid-tied or off-grid. Of course, you can't go off-grid immediately especially when you're just building your own solar power generators. You would need several panels to make this happen. You also need to read on the pros and cons of being grid-tied and off-grid. Check which you really would want. And make sure that you're ready for the impending change that's going to happen in your home. It is always good to read up on what you need to do before you do anything at all.

If you really are sure that you want to go solar, you also would need to determine how much power you consume in a month. You can check your bill for this. This would help you determine how many solar panels you would like to construct. There are also some websites on the web that would help you determine how much a panel could make and how many panels you might need to reach your target.

You would also need to make sure that you are getting a reliable guide to building your own DIY solar panels. There are some people who just want to make money without helping anybody at all. They would sell guidebooks and have very attractive offers. But be careful. Some of these guidebooks could be lacking some instructions. If this is the case, then there would definitely be something lacking as well in the solar panel. And you can expect that your solar panel won't work right or simply just won't work at all.

Also know where and how to get the materials that you would need. It would be good to have everything ready before you start constructing. This also could avoid confusion later on during the construction of your solar panels.

What to Remember Before Going Solar

A lot of people are going for DIY solar power. This is definitely cheaper than having it professionally done and installed. It is a good way to cut down on the power consumption from the grid. But there are things that you should consider before you go solar.

Before you ever consider building a solar panel, decide first whether you would really like to go off-grid or keep yourself grid-tied. There are pros and cons to both of them. And reading about this would enlighten you a little on the subject. You can log on to the Internet and read reviews and commentaries or testimonials on being grid-tied and off-grid. It's better to know something about the pool you'd like to swim in before taking the plunge.

If you really want to go solar, then check how much power you consume in a month. All you need to do is look at your bill. This value is in kilowatt per hour. This will help you determine how much solar power you would need for you to achieve your target. Also check how much sun you are going to get in a day. The Department of Energy has a solar map of the United States. You can check with them to see how much sun you can expect in your area.

Make sure that you have reliable instructions from reliable companies, especially if you're getting the information off the Internet. Make sure that the guidebook you're getting doesn't have any gaps in the instruction. This will save you a lot of trouble later on. Imagine if you wouldn't have enough information to do one part of the panel, then the whole project would go to waste. Or what's worse is that you think that you've got everything in place then you find out that you're missing a component. Then you can expect the project to fail; your DIY solar power generator won't work at all.

When you have the guidebook, make sure that you are knowledgeable of where and how to get the parts needed to build your solar power generator. It's imperative that you have everything in your hands first before you start building. This would avoid any confusion that could lead you to messing up. So it'd be safe to know where and how you would get those parts.

The Internet is a good source of information regarding this. You can check guidebooks like Earth4Energy that would teach you how to build your DIY solar power generator and install it in your home.

This video will show you a primary Solar Power Setup


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