The Solar Power Expert Blog

Archive for the 'Projects' Category

This category contains articles I've posted on do it yourself solar projects - both my own and others. Do you have a story about a DIY solar project? Contact me!

Solar Power For Homes

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Alternative energy sources, and especially solar power for homes, is quickly become a mainstream technology. Many DIY solar panel builders are now branching out to integrate their creations into a complete solar power house. This post covers several domestic solar power facts and uses high level schematics to walk the reader through a typical example of the wiring that utilizes the advantages of solar power for homes.

How To Make Solar Panels – Part 2

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

In Part 1 I started showing you how to build solar panels. This article, part 2, shows you how I completed the building the solar panels.

DIY Solar Panels Guide – Part 1

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This is a quick overview/guide on how I built my own DIY solar panels. In this article, I’ll cover how I built my own solar panel for use in the free charge controller project.

My personal method for making DIY solar panels is to sandwich the solar cells between a clear plexiglass sheet and a molded fiberglass backing. This creates a rugged panel is much stronger than glass and can only be built as a DIY solar panel. Both the plexiglass and fiberglass need to be UV stable.