8 Facts You Should Know Before You Build Your Own Solar Panels

by Kelvin Redfield on November 15, 2010

If you are reading this article, I’m assuming that you are going to build your own solar panels to reduce your utility bills for your home. However, there are few facts that you need to keep in mind before you are going to start to proceed your DIY solar panels project.

Here are the facts:

1) Any home renewable energy system isn’t an instant fix to your energy problems. It will takes some time and effort to make it work.

2) Follow the instructions and stick to the outlines plan or blueprint is extremely important or else, you won’t be seeing any results. Don’t try to be clever and make your own changes to the instruction just because you feel like it or your instinct disagree with the blueprint.

3) If you are not willingly to dirty your hands or sweating, then you might just give up on this project now, as this will impossible for you to set up your own solar panels.

4) You shouldn’t buy any solar panel guidebook if you are not firm on the decision or serious to build your own solar panel. You will encounter a lot of naysayer and doubters along the way. This will sway your focus away, and you might give up on the half way.

5) Get your family approval or even better, get them involved in this project. Building a solar panel can be a fantastic weekend activity, but of course, it can also turn into a nightmare if your family is not being supportive of this idea. Their nagging will bring down your morale.

6) While this might sound obvious, a good proportion of us are guilty in this. Simply estimate the power output and voltage generated by the panels will not do. Everything needs to be calculated, even the wire gauge (size and length). Calculations and measurements need to be done to make sure that your project doesn’t crash or burn mid-way.

7) If you are going to use solar panels for your home renewable energy system, make sure that you position your solar panels in place that don’t have many debris or leaves that will block and prevent the sunlight from reaching the solar cells. Another way is to angle your solar panel a little as this will make those leaves or debris slide off the panel easily.

8 ) In order to maximize the solar panel to harness more sunlight, make sure that you are using anti-reflective glass or use a layer of anti-reflective coating on the surface of the glass as a good portion of sunlight tend to get reflected away by your solar panel’s glasses, thus lesser sunlight penetration to the glass. This method will increase the effectiveness of the power output by as much as 50%.

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