DIY Solar Panels in a Few Easy Steps

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Can you really turn a few solar cells into your very own never exhausting source of power? Yes, you can. Homemade DIY solar panels take some work. However, you can reap the benefits of having your own solar power system for years on end once your project is finished. Not to mention, it will be something you can show off with pride.

 

That being said, there are a couple things you should keep in perspective before you commit yourself to making a DIY solar panel.

 

First, regardless of what you may have read, you cannot make a bunch of solar panels for a couple of hundred bucks and expect them to power your house. At that price, you can only get around 60 to 120 watts worth of solar cells, with which you can at best run a few lights, a fan, and charge your mobile devices.

 

There is simply too much that goes into making a good solar panel for your roof, one that can take on all that Mother Nature will throw at it for decades on end. Solar panels, such as the ones Verengo® Solar offers, are made from carefully selected materials using extremely precise engineering. Verengo also puts its solar panels through rigorous testing before stamping them clear for installation. Such measures are critical to ensure that they meet the company's highest quality standards.

 

If you are planning on putting your homemade solar panels on your roof, you will also need to comply with all local state regulations, which can be complicated. Homemade solar panels are best suited for small-scale work, such as a portable solar power generator that you keep for emergencies or use to power up your equipment when you go camping. With that established, here's how to make a solar panel system quickly and affordably:

 

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Solar Cells: Purchasing the right solar cells will be the first order of business. There are a ton of options you can choose from, ranging from the highly affordable Chinese-made cells to the more expensive American-made ones. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. While most Chinese-made solar cells are of reasonably good quality, they may not come with much of a guarantee, so you never know when they may break. American-made cells, on the other hand, usually have good guarantees backing them up, and generally last longer, making them a better long-term investment. A basic 10 watt DIY solar panel will cost you about $20 on Amazon or eBay.

 

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Charge Controller: Next, you will need a charge controller to manage the electricity flowing from the DIY solar panels to your equipment. The sort of charge controller you go for depends upon the output of your solar panels. You could get a basic 10 amp charge controller for around $12 on some sites. You won’t need this many amperes if you are putting 10 watts worth of homemade solar panels together, but it’s a good idea in case you decide to add more panels later on.

 

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Inverter: An inverter will also be required, as solar panels produce DC power, which needs to be converted into AC power, for charging up your equipment. A typical 400 watt inverter costs around $20, so be sure to shop around and see what suits you. Make sure the inverter comes with USB ports so that you can directly plug your mobile devices into it.

 

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Battery: While you can connect the charge controller directly to the inverter, you should look into getting a battery for later use. A 12 V 18AH lead-acid battery, which is a good fit for a portable solar power system, will set you back about $40.

 

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Wiring: Finally, you will require wires and wire connectors to connect all the components together. These can be easily acquired from any hardware store.

 

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Installation: Putting the DIY solar panels together is relatively easy. The solar panels go into the charge controller, which goes into the battery, which is connected to the inverter, which powers your equipment.

 

Remember, you can always add more solar panels to your portable generator later on, so no need to make a heavy up-front investment. However, make sure to get good quality parts. These may be pricier, but it’s better than replacing broken equipment later.

 

If you really are interested in going solar, then you may think that the cost of a solar power system is too high to even consider. That might have been true a few years back. However, today, you can get an excellent solar power system for no upfront cost!

 

Why not get a free solar quote today and see how much a solar power system can save you? It will only take a few minutes and you'll leave with a good understanding of your options.

 

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With no end in sight for soaring electricity rates, your switch to solar will secure affordable power for your home & family for years to come.