Make your own home solar power system before summer
Home solar power systems are gaining popularity as more and more people enjoy utility savings after installation. We’ll be discussing some tips that will help you create your system from start to finish. (see also Build Solar Panel & How to Build Solar Panels – Important Steps to Follow )
Preparing your tools and materials
Your materials and tools can do wonders when you build your own home solar power system. Do an online search for special deals on materials so you can save money on construction costs. With luck, your chosen supplier will be more than willing to make a compromise, share plans and even give valuable assembly tips.
Your local hardware store can help supply you with building tools such as a saw, hammer, screwdrivers, soldering iron, and a retractable knife.
Don’t forget the wood you’ll be needing to build your own solar powered homes system. You need it for making the frame for mounting your solar panels up on your roof. Make sure you have enough wood panels and screws left for housing of the cells of your home solar energy system.
Buy those pre-tabbed photovoltaic cells and connect them with tab wiring. Other materials you’ll need include solder and flux, sheet covering for protection of the housing lid, and eva glue. Do not forget the blocking diodes that will interrupt current reversal. Once you got them all, you’re ready to get started.
Choose where the panels should go when you plan your home solar power system
You have to know where you’ll be installing your panels after you build your own home solar energy system. The best location is usually a 30-degree slope facing south, free of shade and away from the path of natural pests. Also, consider the wiring you’ll be using to conduct energy from your solar panel to a location that houses your solar batteries.
Building your home solar power system
You need an entire weekend to build your own solar powered homes system. Clear your working space, make sure to clean the floors, and keep the area dust free. You’ll be doing the assembly once your cells are attached to a row of 6×6 backing boards.
Wire the cell tabs to connect them, attach the blocking diodes as well as the cable, and hook it up with the storage battery. Use the plastic lid to cover the cells and use silicone grouting to seal the entire unit.
Paint the entire housing black when you build your own solar panel to make it more efficient in absorbing radiation from the sun, but don’t do anything to the lid. Protect the rear of the housing with some insulation and your unit is now ready for mounting on your roof.
The mounting process can be awkward; it’s recommended that you do this last part with someone’s help when you build your own solar powered homes system, especially when you have issues with heights.
It you find that you cannot build your own solar panel from scratch, you can easily buy a solar kit or even a finished unit. Get feedback from someone who used the kit, or ask if you can test the finished unit on a solar-powered gadget before you buy it.
Have fun completing your project. Use whatever you have learned while you make your home solar power system and you’ll be well on your way towards independence from your electrical company.