How to get started with DIY solar panels

How to get started with DIY solar panels

By now, most people understand solar energy is a cheap and efficient way to cut if not completely rid your reliance on the utility companies and power grid in your area. Putting together you own DIY solar panels from scratch is easier than you might think and quite often cheaper than buying ready made solar panels that can take years to recoup the initial cash outlay. It’s best to start out with a smaller project to understand the mechanics involved.

Getting started with any project like this is a matter of understanding where to get the materials you’ll need and there are several choices highlighted by what’s commonly found on eBay. Generally, you have American, Japanese and Chinese products to choose from with the ones made in the USA having the best performance and guarantees, but also the highest price. A good price point to use when shopping is $1.3 dollars per watt.

Of course, you’ll need some tools. These aren’t hard to find and you won’t need a lot of specialized expertise to use a soldering iron, multimeter to measure voltage and amperage, a saw and some wood.

Remember to plan your project involving DIY solar panels carefully. Start by laying out where you’ll place them on the wood, carefully measuring allotments for each panel. Next, you need to solder the wires in series with a positive lead on one going to the negative on the next. Finally, you can connect the panels and set of inverters to start generating power.