Have you ever wondered if you were capable of assembling a homemade solar panel to provide electricity for your home?
It's a great way to save money, use "green energy" that will be sustainable for generations, and learn about science while being handy around the house. How neat would it be if every neighbor on your block had a homemade solar panel on his roof or in his back yard? Be the first and inspire others!
Now, how can you make this happen?
These are some common questions that you might wonder about when you embark on learning how to make your own homemade solar panel:
- Do you have the necessary tools and experience?
- Is it dangerous to work with electricity?
- How do I plug my solar panel into my house's electric supply?
- What about storing the energy so I can have power when it's not sunny enough to activate my solar panel?
- How much will my supplies cost and where can I get them?
The great news is that with the preponderance of information available through the internet today, you can make your own solar panels at home for under $200. This is a great weekend project and would be a wonderful learning experience to share with your children.
You will need to mount your solar panels somewhere where they can get a lot of light. This could be on the roof of your house, or somewhere in your yard. If you want to come close to fully powering your house, you may need to create a series of solar panels (one solar panel is about 4' x 8') but you can certainly get usable power with just one panel.
Like any new endeavor, it can take a while to learn how to make a solar panel, assemble the necessary materials, and put everything together and plug it in! It's a good idea to cut your learning curve down by investing in some educational resources, like books or videos, that will teach you the step-by-step process for making solar panels cheaply, and safely. You can do it and it can be a lot of fun. After your first one, your subsequent solar panels will be much faster and easier to make.