Solar panels are a relatively new creation but the idea of harnessing the sun’s energy to fuel our busy lives has always been an option. Going green is important in modern society as oil, coal and other non-renewable energy sources will soon run out and are already showing signs that soon the average person will no longer be able to use them for personal use. (Raising petrol and gas prices. Throughout this site I am going to give you the economic facts about solar energy but non of the environmental issues surrounding them.
The most important factor to consider when deciding whether to have a solar panel, whether you buy or make one is will it be economically viable for you. All this means is if you spend a certain amount on a panel will you begin to see a return on investment soon. Many people think that if you do not live in a “sunny” place then you cannot have a solar panel as it will not work, this is untrue as the part of light solar panels absorb is present however little sun you may consider you have. The average amount of time for a professionally made solar panel to become profitable is 10 years, this is a long time, this is because a professionally made high quality solar panel or array of panels will cost around $20,000 and will cut your electricity bill by 30% depending on the size of your house and how much electricity you use but on average it will take you 10 years before you see a return on your investment.
The alternative is a homemade solar panel, this is cheaper to make and hence will offer a quicker return on investment even though some efficiency is lost. A few stats: the average homemade solar panel only costs $500 in materials and the average time to build is between 6-8 hours. The efficiency of a homemade solar panel is only 75% to that of a professionally made one. But on a cost to efficiency ratios the homemade ones come out on top. Another important point to remember is that if you get a solar panel you will receive a government grant as you are helping the environment. This is an important factor to consider as if your grant outweighs the cost of the panel then you could be looking at saving a lot of money.
How to actually make the solar panels?
Solar Panels are not easy things to make but with a video guide it is a lot easier to understand. The course I used to make my panels is a video course, that has 8 videos teaching you how to create a solar panel from scratch. You do not need any experience in building or any special equipment, everything that you need in terms of materials can be brought from the local home depot, homebase or DIY shop for under $500, and the tools are simple everyday tools.