To understand how to make solar panels, it is important to know just how simple the system is in generating your own electricity using energy from the rays of the sun. Each day, from sun up to sun down, free energy is constantly surrounding your home. While it provides heat and energy required to make the grass and plants grow, it also contains enough power that can be used to run all the lights and appliances in your house.
Many decades ago, modern science created photovoltaic cells that have the ability, without moving parts, to harness sunrays and immediately convert it into usable electricity. These simple solar cells are the main ingredient required to build solar panels. Once only financially available to the wealthy, it is now possible for any “green-minded” environmentalist to make solar panels on their own, as a way to eliminate their monthly utility bills and reduce the carbon footprint their household creates.
As the price of kilowatt hours purchased from your local utility company increase each year, solar panels cost are a fixed amount. The investment in solar power is upfront, and once manufactured and installed, instantly supplies free electricity to your home for decades. With quality materials, each panel can last for decades with little or no maintenance required. There are three do-it-yourself approaches to saving money on your utility bills.
Start Small – You can instantly begin reducing your monthly utility bill by fabricating your own single solar panel unit, using materials easily found locally and online. Step one to building your own solar energy-producing panel is to download quality e-book information available on the Internet, providing detailed schematics and drawings. Step two includes sourcing the materials. Both complex and simple solar panel systems require the same supplies. Each panel includes only wiring, a container and a group of solar cells. All wiring and materials needed to build the container can be found at your local home improvement store. Reasonably priced solar panels can be purchased at online auction houses, such as eBay. Assembling your own small solar energy-producing unit can be accomplished within just a few hours, generating enough electricity to run a light or small appliance.
Build Your Own Multi-Panel Unit – The technology involved in building a mini-system with multiple solar panels is no more complex than building a number of simple units. A multi-panel unit is simply a group of small units connected in the series. Depending on just how many panels there are, this mini-system can supply enough energy to run multiple appliances, and lights in your home. Typically multi-panel units are installed on the roof of the house, or nearby on the ground. Some of these mini-systems are connected to batteries that allow the homeowner to generate power during the day, to be used after sunset.
Building a Whole House System – The ultimate in removing yourself from the local power grid is creating a whole house system capable of generating enough electricity during the day to supply all the electrical needs of your home around the clock. Just like a mini-system multi-panel unit, a whole house system is nothing more than a large amount of single solar panel units connected together. Typically, and whole house system is assembled as a group of mini-systems. Not only does this provide a do-it-yourselfer the advantage of building the system as they can afford it, but as each mini-system is built, it instantly begins providing energy. This immediately reduces purchased conventional fossil-fuel generated electrical needs, and supplies the homeowner with additional money to build more units.
Once you understand exactly how simple and affordable it is to build your own solar panels, you can begin taking the first step to living a “greener” lifestyle by generating your own electrical power. DIY solar panel info and schematic drawings can be found online, along with detailed material lists. Additionally, instructions on how to build your own electric-producing windmills and solar water heating systems are available.