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Build Your Own Solar Panel

By Edited Jan 3, 2016 0 4

Learn how to build your own solar panel.

Taking control of your future and helping the environment by creating your own energy source is vital to our planet's survival. With the rising cost of electricity it's more important to become self reliant.

By following these simple steps to build your own solar panel, you'll be able to produce enough energy for your home from your very own backyard without the need of bulky equipment or outside help.

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  1. The first thing that you will need is a solar panel that produces 12 volts of energy or higher. Places like marina's or and RV store are your best bets for finding a panel. In most cases, you should be able to find what you need for under $100.

  1. The next vital item you are going to need is a battery. A small rechargeable battery is better than a larger disposable battery, and in most cases 12 volt acid or lead batteries are best. You will need to find a deep cell battery because they are built for continuous use.

  1. For your safety, the next step is to purchase a box for your battery. This helps to protect small children or people in close proximity to the battery from the power that it produces.

  1. Next, get a DC meter, one that matches your battery's voltage, and a DC input. These help you convert the energy that you receive on the panel and use it to power appliances around the home. It is important to note that if you intend to provide power to AC appliances you will need an AC converter too.

build your own solar panel
  1. Now it's time to attach your solar panel. With a handheld drill, attach the meter and DC input onto the battery box near the top. Next, connect the meter to the battery with some insulated wire.

  1. Make sure that you use extreme caution while working with the wires, and connect the first wire to the negative side of the battery first. Use the same steps and connect the DC inlet as well as the solar panel onto the battery.

  1. Finally you can start converting natural energy from the sun into useable energy for your home. Close the lid on the product tightly and place it out into the sun. It should take about 8 hours to fully charge and than you will have your very own homemade energy supplier.

By building your own solar panel you will be able to significantly cut the cost of your energy bills. Learning how to build your own solar panel may sound a bit daunting at first but once you start collecting all of the pieces and putting it together, it's not as hard as you think.

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Comments

Aug 30, 2009 1:31am
egmartinez
I read both this article and the DIY Wind Turbine one. Great information - I'm going to look into going a little greener on my energy now!
Sep 29, 2009 2:29am
mommyhen42
great info on building your own solar panels
Oct 21, 2009 4:43pm
Traqqer
Never really thought about buidling one myself, but this sounds like a good idea!
Jan 18, 2010 9:46am
pravin
this is very very nice idea to built solar pannel one myself
i will going to try it out atleast once
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