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Did you know you can make your own solar panels?

>> Monday, January 18, 2010

Solar panels make use of renewable energy from the sun, and are a clean and environmentally sound means of collecting solar energy so naturally they are appealing to me. Powering homes with solar power has also been a growing trend the last two decades and their installation can increase your home value. Electricity from sunlight through solar panels produces virtually no pollution.

Solar panels can be costly but you can build your own solar panels! Renewable energy enthusiasts and co-founder of Earth4Energy1, Michael Harvey says, "If you are interested in learning exactly how to generate power and reduce your bill then this is the perfect resource for you! With the ever increasing costs of living, there is no better time than right now to stop throwing money out the window and start generating our own electricity. Over the last few years I have figured out how to significantly reduce the cost of solar panels making it more affordable for the average home owner just like you. Now you can build a single panel or a complete array of panels to power your home for a fraction of retail cost...I'm going to be your "solar mentor" and show you step-by-step how to make a solar panel."

That step-by-step part sounds pretty good to me because I was wondering if an average person could do this. Micheal says, "We will provide you with plenty of pictures and diagrams for you to look at but if you still need help, just email us! We are more than happy to answer any questions you have...Anybody can do this. Male, female and from any age group. This is a great opportunity to save money and go green at the same time."

If you are curious what it takes to build the panels, head over to Earth4Energy1 to learn more. Interested in buying but you are not sure? Don't worry- they have a "100% money back, love it or it's free guarantee"!


Steve Fortuna,  said... January 18, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

With the price of finished mono & polycrystalline panels starting to hit $2 per watt, the amount of time it takes to make a panel from raw cells is really no longer worth it. Unless you know how to work with the brittle silicon you will break 1/3 of them and waste the cell, plus fluxing, tabbing and encasing the stringed cells into glass framed panels takes time and effort that isn't worth it unless you are unemployed. The end result is a panel that is not UL or CE approved and will NOT qualify for tax incentives/rebates, and cannot be tied in to the grid. Finally, the economics of 'do it yourself' and those $49 panel build instructions are no longer worth it.

Now, if you know how to build your own INVERTER or charge controller cheap, you may have something.

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