DIY Photovoltaic Solar Panels – Utmost Care Required

When it comes to installing electrical systems in your home it is not advisable to do this yourself unless you are a certified electrician trained in applying solar systems. You could cause a lot of damage to your home, lots of expense, and forfeit your insurance coverage by opting for a DIY approach to wiring. On the other hand, it is perfectly fine to build your own DIY photovoltaic solar panels, so long as you are a handy kind of guy or gal with an interest in this kind of project and the commitment to finish what you started, even if it gets a bit confusing.

It is not necessary to prove your technical prowess by lighting up your whole house, television, refrigerator and music center. Part of the fun is in the learning. Solar technology is rapidly changing and ultimately fascinating. To be able to harness solar PV energy is not a new idea. Householders have been hanging their clothes out to dry and dehydrating fruit in the sun for centuries. What makes it novel to modern society is that the technology can be used to do modern things like run a microwave or a washing machine.

Go to your nearest major hardware store and do some browsing. Then go to a few others, and check online retailers. You want to find a good price for reasonably new products with brand names and guarantees. Avoid out-of-date systems as there will be newer panels on the market which convert more energy using less panel space for the same money. A number of Asian imports are less reliable than certain brands which are more expensive but hard wearing for all outdoor conditions. These kits come with all or most of what you need to establish PV panels in a solid frame which can be mounted on your lawn or roof. It is worth considering where your panels will be mounted before building as position and orientation may affect its dimensions and size. If you are going to put a panel on a pole, look into this possibility carefully.

Your frame is a critical component. This is what will fasten your panels to their ground base or the roof. Up high especially, this technology is at the mercy of strong winds. It is possible to bolt a frame down tightly enough that it will remain intact in spite of the weather, so build this part with as much care as you treat the electrical parts with.

Along with panels, you will likely need an inverter and batteries. This all depends on the kind of work you want a kit to do. If this is just a school project on a small scale, you can use a panel to convert the sun’s rays directly into energy. Boil water for the fun of watching kids see what you can do without a plug. Play with a remote control toy or some other colorful and noisy gadget that does not rely on power inversion to work.

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