Tips For Building Solar Panels

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 home solar panels, and here are a few tips that just might help!

1. Check out online specials for materials and save on construction costs

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 necessary to build your own solar panels will probably be found in the workshop and include things such as a hammer, saw, screw drivers, and knife, etc..

The list of material is a little long but most people would probably have some timber to make the frame for installing the panels on the rooftop and the screws and wood panels etc. to make the housing for the batteries.

Buy pre tabbed photovoltaic cells and the tab wiring to connect them. Some eva glue, solder and flux, pv sheets to close the lid of the housing and blocking diodes to prevent current reversal, and the project is ready to start.

2. Plan and decide on where the panels are going to be sited

Things you need to consider may include: a south facing slope of 30 that is not shaded, or in the path of natural pests is required, and if possible one that will allow wiring to be easily conducted into the area you choose to house the storage batteries.

3. Make space for the project

When starting out to build your own solar panels, allow a weekend and clear a space on the workshop floor that is clean and dust free. The process is essentially an assembly project once the cells are fixed to a backing board in rows, usually of 6×6.

4. Make the unit efficient

Join the cell tabs with the wire and add the blocking diodes and cable to connect up to the storage battery and cover with the plastic lid. Lock the whole unit with the silicone grouting.

Mounting the panels on the roof should occur after some insulation has been applied to the rear of the housing, and to really make the unit efficient, paint all the housing black – not the lid though!

5.  Consider buying a solar panel kit

This may be a two person job, not just because it is heavy, but because it is awkward and made more difficult when working at heights. If the whole thing seems a little too much for the DIY skills at hand, then you can purchase a solar panel kit set or even a complete unit.

Finally, before buying the materials, check out someone who has already begun the project, or at least try to see a finished solar powered unit.The process should be fun, as learning how to build your own solar panels is a technology that provides the homeowner real independence in times when power supply can be unstable.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on October 14, 2010

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