Kick The Grid Into Touch By Making Your Own Solar Panels

January 6, 2012 by Owen Jones  
Filed under Family

How would you like to get off the electricity grid? What a dream, eh? Sadly, it will stay a dream for many people because the cost of having solar panels installed professionally scarcely warrants the cost. Many experts calculate that it can take well over 10 years to recoup the cost of the professional installation of solar panels. This is way beyond the horizons of most home owners, who would require a break-even point of three to five years. This is not going to happen in the near future, even with the rapidly rising cost of electricity.

However, there is an alternative. Everybody knows that the labour element in any professional job is equivalent to or even exceeds the cost of the materials in that job, so you could save half the cost just by installing the solar panels yourself. How about saving another 50% or more on the cost of the solar panels by making them yourself too?

Now we are getting into the realm where the cost of a viable solar power system to replace state electricity is credible. It could even pay for itself in a couple of years by reducing your dependence on the grid or even allowing you to come off it altogether. Did you know that the grid will buy your surplus electricity from you too?

It may sound like fantasy, but it is not that hard if you have plans or and a solar panel kit. In fact, the parts needed to build your own solar panels are quite common these days and you will be able to pick them up either at your neighborhood hardware store or at a hobbyists like Radio Shack. If you think that that is too time-consuming, you could just buy a kit. These kits are so straightforward that any teenager should be able to assemble one.

Later on, after completing a kit or two, you may have the confidence to buy the bits separately, which will save you even more money. One of these kits would be enough to run a few tools in your shed or the lights in your garage or a pump on the pond or pool. If you linked a number of them together, you could begin to reduce your home’s dependence on the grid just by harnessing the energy of the sun. Wouldn’t that be great?

Solar panels have been around for a long time and so people remember when they needed strong sun light to be of any use, but public awareness has not kept up with the pace of technological development. Solar panels are much more sensitive now and they can produce electricity from light using powerful photo voltaic cells (PV’s) – they do not require blazing sunshine to work any more.

So, if you want to go down the route to independence from the electricity grid, the first thing you have to do is locate a set of solar panel diagrams or plans or a kit. You may be able to get these from your hobbyist store too or you can get them from a website that specializes in sustainable or alternative energy sources.

Once you have all your parts and your plans, it will only take you a couple of free hours to put together your solar panel and have it working for you. The next one will take even less time as you get used to it

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with a favourite subject, renewable energy advantages. If you are interested in Sustainable Energy At Home, please click through to our site.

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