DIY Solar Panel Kits
Solar panels have been a vital contributing factor to space exploration. Today, many people are taking advantage of this technology for home use. On the world wide web, there are many instructions and solar panel kits available for powering the average home.
Constructing solar panel kits will involve a good amount of tools. Many of these can probably be found in your garage. The rest may have to be sourced from recycling centers or eBay. Remember, you don’t need a masters degree in engineering to build your own panels, just a strong desire to save money on your monthly bills.
A list of materials is a good starting place: wooden boxing, plastic paneling, black paint, waterproof sealant such as silicone, solder, glue, wiring and finally, you need the cells. Try to get ones that have tabs already, and shoot for mid level price. Depending on how much power you expect to generate, the number of cells needed will vary. Keep in mind that even the best DIY systems usually only generate 80% of the output claimed.
Once you have got all the materials for your solar panel kits, putting it together is as simple as putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Arranging the cells in a series of 36, (6×6) is the most effective. Join the tabs together in a way that the electricity only flows one way. Put your cells on a backing board, and fix them inside a box that is well insulated. Paint everything, aside from the cells, black and cover that face of the array with a silicone sealed plastic panel.
Connecting your solar panel kits to a storage battery is the next step. This will allow your energy to be released over time when the sky is clouded, or at night. Don’t be afraid to contact an electrician at this stage. This whole process should take at most a weekend, and is neither back breaking or too taxing on the brain.
Mounting the system on a roof (which is recommended) will require an area free of shade or tree branches. To maximize your energy output, face the array southwards.
All of your wiring should be insulated. It is a good idea to insulate the back of the mounted box as well to avoid heat energy loss. As you can see, the process of putting these kits together is a fairly simple one. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, these solar panel kits provide serious contributions to the home’s energy demands.
As non-renewable energy destroys our wilderness areas from mining activity and pollutes the oceans with spilled oil, any attempt at alternative energy in this era must be welcomed.
Solar power is among a small list of environmentally neutral energy options. When considering solar panel kits, you should remember its not just about cheaper power. The well being of future generations may come to depend on the initiatives taken by alternative energy activists today.
For at least the near future, the sun is always going to be there, and it will never be charged for by a utility company (lets hope!). Construction your own solar panel kits could be a fun family project, and will provide a real supply of energy for the environmentally conscious.