The growth of the environmental movement has led to the popularity of do it yourself solar panels. Many individuals are looking for ways to harness energy in a safe and sustainable manner. As opposed to energy sources that produce an almost obscene amount of carbon monoxide, solar panels generate lots of energy using the heat source of the sun. No unhealthy by-products come from this process and a person can successfully power and heat his or her home. Before undertaking this task, it is best to do some research and become aware of the best ways to install these panels.
The human civilization is driven by its insatiable need (and greed) for energy. Traditional sources of energy are largely dependent upon fossil fuels, nuclear power and hydropower. While the first two are harmful to the earth’s environment, the third is clean. But all of them are becoming increasingly expensive to produce every year. The other sources of energy are geothermal, wind power, tidal, wave and solar energy. Of these, solar power is the best alternative because sunlight, which is used to generate electricity, is almost universally available and inexhaustible. Once installed, solar power systems produce electricity at no extra cost, and thus help save money on electricity.
One of the disadvantages of solar power has always been the cost of the technology – being the solar panels. However the good news is that costs are always coming down along with improvements in technology which improve efficiency. Buying prefabricated solar panels is one option for you to start using solar energy, but even better – why not look at your DIY options?
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.