The sun is shining, and the only cloud in the sky is the latest utility bill that seems to rise every month…
The answer may be that you need to seriously examine how to build your own solar panels, and here are a few tips that just might help…
The solar panel is essentially a series of linked cells that create a current that can be stored and released as electrical energy. It is possible to build the cells from scratch, but when anyone is interested in making solar panels the best idea is to go online and check out surplus stocks and auction sites. In this article we look at some of those that are available and the plusses and minuses.
Check out the online specials for materials and save on the construction cost. In addition, there are many suppliers who will offer everything that is required to complete the job, as well as plans and advice on assembly.
The tools needed to build your own solar panels will probably already be found in the workshop and include hammer, saw, soldering iron, screw drivers and a knife.
The materials list is a little longer but most people already have some timber to make the frame for mounting the panels on the roof and the screws and wood panels to make the housing for the cells.
Tabbing wire, ribbon wire, flux pens, solder, eva glue, waterproof encapsulaters, blocking diodes and the boxes for housing are easily available to make assembly simple. Of course if anyone wants to take a short cut they can just buy a readymade solar panel. From the above material,s making solar panels will take a few hours to construct and the tools required can be found in most home workshops.
Purchase pre tabbed photo-voltaic cells and the tab wiring to connect them. Some eva glue, solder and flux, plastic sheeting to cover the lid of the housing as well as blocking diodes to stop current reversal, and the project can be started.
The next step is to make a cup of coffee and make some decisions on where the panels are going to be sited. A south faci