The best green living information and advice

Build Your Own Solar Panel System


I’m certain you are aware a large number of people are switching to solar power right now mainly because they’re tired of spending money on their electric bill each and every month. Of course for people who go out and purchase a solar panel system from a retailer you may possibly find the you could end up spending thousands of dollars in order to have this installed on your home. There is obviously another option and this is to build your own system and install it on your home yourself and you can end up saving massive amounts of money by doing it this way. There are certain things you’re going to need if you opt to build your own system and we are going to discuss a few of these things in this post.

The solar panels will typically be the most expensive part of your system, but you’ll have the ability to save plenty of cash on these if you decide to build them yourself. Creating your own solar panels is a thing that is really a lot easier than you might think, and you’re going to find that there are programs available on the internet which can educate you on precisely how to build the solar power panels. In order to purchase a traditional solar panel which provides adequate electricity it could run anywhere from $500 to $1000 but you are able to build your own for less than $200.

Batteries are also something else you’re going to need mainly because you are going to want to have the ability to store some of your energy for when the sun isn’t shining. Deep cycle batteries are the option you are going to want to choose when purchasing batteries for your system and you will see that marine grade batteries will normally end up being your best option. Some people will only need 2 or 3 of these batteries while other individuals who build larger systems will need more batteries.

You’re in addition going to need to transfer the power of the sun into electricity that can be saved in batteries and in order to achieve this you are going to need a charge controller. This is incredibly important mainly because if you do not have one of these things and try and hook a solar panel directly up to a battery, you’ll wind up ruining the batteries very fast. Of course in order to use the electricity you create you are additionally going to need an inverter to transfer the 12 volts of power into household current. You can find power inverters that will generate anywhere from 75 watts up to 5000 watts, the one you will need will depend on exactly how much energy you’re going to be using.

This is pretty much everything you are going to need if you wish to transfer your home to run on solar electricity. There are lots of people who choose to hook this up to their panel box making sure that they’re able to sell their excess energy back to the power company, of course, if this is your option you will need more items.

↑ Back to Top