To cut cost, more and more people are turning to solar energy. Some people may be thinking that the cost of installing solar panels will be too high, but the expense will be quickly offset by savings made on the electricity bill. It will cost you about half the price to build your own solar panels. This article is a comprehensive guide to build your own solar panels.
Solar cells are contained within boxes called solar panels. The conversion of simple sunlight by the solar cells is how they create electricity. Silicone material is used when creating solar cells, a material that will actually generate electricity when sunlight is applied. Although the energy comes freely from the sun, less than 1 V of electricity per cell is generated which means a lot of panels are needed to replace your energy needs. The benefits of having no electric bill are great, which is why many people make their own solar panels at home on their own. If you are good at do-it-yourself projects, more than likely you will be able to create and soldered together your very own solar panels.
The container for your solar panel is simply a box with a Plexiglas front, which will allow sunlight to flow in but will ensure that the cells are protected. The substrate is what you will use to glue your solar cells to. Because the wood will shrink and expand with the weather, you should use a dot of caulk in the center of the cell. To avoid damaging your solar cell consider using a single dot of silicone caulk to keep the wood free of encumbrances. To make sure that no moisture gets in make sure that you fill the hole with caulk after you have pushed the wires through. Then, screw your Plexiglas on and mount it where you want.
The only connections that you will need will be for the battery. This way, power will only be able to flow from the solar cells to the batteries and not the other way around. The latter would mean a waste of power and it can happen during the night. This step may not be necessary if you choose to use a charge controller.
Undoubtedly, solar panel systems are the future for energy production for the home due to their cost-effectiveness over the long term as well as the fact that they are good for the environment. So, the sooner you get them installed, the more money you can save on electricity.