How to Make Home Solar Power System – My Story

Posted on : Tuesday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Click here to see the guide that finally helped me make DIY solar power system

Hey Max here,

If you want to build home solar power system and forget about the electric bills, I strongly suggest you keep reading…

Because I’ll tell you the story of how my parents have already been living for six months without paying a penny for electricity.

My mom and dad live in a separate house and earn quite a bit of money. My dad used to always complain about an energy company that sent him too big electric bills, and wanted somehow reduce these costs. Installation of energy-saving light bulbs did not solve their problems.

Then dad found out that one businessman in his street installed solar panels on the roof of his house and reduced his energy costs quite considerably. We decided to find out how much the installation on the roof of our house will cost. We applied to the local company and were struck by the reply. The company offered us to install solar panels for over $20,000! This price was too high for us. Even if we were able to pay so much money for the installation, we would have to wait years before these panels were paid off. This was not an option.

But, despite all this, the idea of installing solar panels was good. I decided to search the internet, if there were some sites where the installation of solar panels by hand would described, since solar cells are cheap. I studied dozens of free sites, watched dozens of videos on Youtube, but didn’t find any qualitative step-by-step installation guide describing all the necessary materials. I was disappointed.

But then I suddenly came across a site that offered a paid guide to installing solar power system. At first I was very skeptical of the proposal, as it was an advertising website. Then, after reading testimonials of the product, I decided to buy it, especially since it was offered for a discounted price. The package consisted of 7 eBooks and 8 video files with a step-by-step description of the installation of solar panels and wind turbines, and a bonus guide to creating your own bio diesel.

diy solar panels
I told my father about the product and he decided to try to install by himself. As it turned out, he could buy all the materials required for the installation at any hardware store and on eBay for a little over $200. My dad took up the installation, and the first homemade solar panel was ready in 1 day (you can see my dad installing his first solar panel on the photo). And this despite the fact that my dad was not an electrician and wasn’t very good at electronics. He said that all the installation steps were well illustrated in the videos that helped him assemble the panel alone so quickly.

During the first month my dad made five panels and started waiting for the result. A month later, he received the electric bill by 40% less than usual! “Wow, this really works!”, I thought then.

It’s been six months and now my parents don’t pay for electricity at all, because they produce energy themselves. My dad has already set 15 panels, and thanks me for this tutorial, and I’m glad I helped him.

Ultimately it’s up to you to decide either to use this DIY solar panels manual or not. The only drawback is that you need to understand the installation process, and the assembly of one panel takes more than one day if you are not a professional. I hope my story will help you to build your own home solar power system.

Thank you for your attention.
Sincerely, Max.

Click here to see the DIY solar power guide

PS: In this guide you’ll also know what solar battery, inverter and charge controller is better to choose for your DIY solar power system.

Solar Power vs. Wind Power – What is Better to Choose?

Posted on : Wednesday | By : Max | In : Alternative Energy

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solar power vs. wind power

We have made so many technological advancements in the past few decades but have often failed to see that all the changes that we are making are linked to one particular thing that is extremely scarce: energy. Although we have a number of energy sources available to us, most of what we consume at this time would be from fossil fuels, coal, or nuclear energy. They all have certain side effects. With the advent of global warming as well as the rising prices of fossil fuels, people have begun to look into other sources of energy; cleaner and cheaper energy that could power up homes and allow us to live comfortably.

The two most popular sources of energy are, of course, the most abundant resources on the planet. There are two: the sun or solar energy, and the wind. Now the most common question is which is the better option between the two? For this question, there is not a direct answer, because there are a lot of factors that have to be taken into consideration. If you are looking to supplementing your home energy with a renewable source, here are some of the things that you will need to look into:

Best Solar Cells to Use For a Home Solar Power System

Posted on : Sunday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Solar Cell

Solar cells refer to any device that can convert the energy of sunlight into electrical energy through a process called photovoltaics. In recent times there has been a larger production of these cells and most power companies have begun investing a lot in solar cell research. The development of solar technology can be credited to the French physicist Antoine – Cesar whose research went a long way in the development of this technology. According to the encyclopedia Britannica, the first solar cell was constructed around 1883 by Charles Fritts.

Solar cells are used in various devices including calculators. Such devices often don’t use battery because they run on the energy from the solar cells.

There are several types of solar cells. Although they work on similar principles, they also have various different advantages and disadvantages.

Types of Solar Cells

1. Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells
These are also popularly known as single crystalline silicon. They are easy to recognize due to their characteristic outer even coloring with a uniform look which shows high purity silicon. They are usually made up of silicon ingots that have a cylindrical shape. The four sides of the solar cells are manufactured from the cylindrical ingots basically to ensure optimum performance and to lower costs. One way to tell the difference between these and the polycrystalline solar panels is that polycrystalline solar cells look very rectangular with an absence of rounded edges.

2. Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells
Solar Cells of this type (polysilicon and multi – crystalline silicon) were first introduced into the market in 1981.

3. Thin film Solar Cells (TFSC)
This type is manufactured through depositing several layers of thin photovoltaic material onto a substrate. They are sometimes referred to as thin film photovoltaic cells. The thin film layer cells are placed in categories based on which photovoltaic are put onto the substrate. Here are the different categories:
• Amorphous silicon (a-Si)
• Cadmium telluride (CdTe)
• Copper indium gallium-selenide (CIS/CIGS)
• Organic photovoltaic cells

How to Choose the Right Solar Charge Controller

Posted on : Sunday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Solar Charge Controller

A solar charge controller is used to regulate the energy flow for many home solar inverter systems as well as some PV hybrid systems. The solar charge controller is the most critical unit of this process, so selecting the right one is crucial in determining the efficiency of your system.

While the charger itself is roughly 5% of the total cost of the system, it controls the power management of the batteries which means it extends their life and reduces the associated costs with running the solar power system. When running an off grid solar power unit, having a solar charge controller is crucial in extending the life of the battery bank.

What a Solar Charge Controller Does

Basically, the solar charge controller has two functions:
- Prevents the batteries from deep discharging
- Protects the batteries from overcharging
Inside solar charge controllers are the “state of charge calculation (SOC) that monitors the status of the battery. The essence of what a solar charge controller does is to effectively manage the battery so you get the right amount of power needed at all times.

Good solar charge controllers are low consumption units, they are protected by tough, durable casing and feature large connection terminals. Also, they feature a user-friendly display that instantly indicates the status of the all the systems connected. So no matter your understanding of solar power, all the information displayed is easy to comprehend.

How to Choose a Solar Charge Controller

Top Benefits of Using Solar Power

Posted on : Sunday | By : Max | In : Solar Power

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Benefits of Using Solar Power

If you want to really experience how solar power works, you need to take a closer look at the practical benefits of solar power for your everyday commercial and residential utilities. You can use the solar energy for:

    Heating your interiors during winter.

    Your kitchen applications: you don’t have to depend any more on your gas-supplies and power-lines externally. You have found a reliable and renewable source of energy that is:

  • Natural and non-polluting. The industrial revolution has brought environment-pollution as an added gift to English cities. The Zero-Carbon-policy mooted by the British parliament in 2006 stated its ambition that all homes will be freed from carbon-pollution before 2016. Of course, you as a citizen can make a lot of contribution to this goal.
    The zero-pollution policies are not mere government missions, rather public initiated drives that:

  • Benefit your budget. If you are seriously thinking about economizing your power consumption and planning to cut your power and energy bills, it is time you learnt how solar panels work.
  • Make your maintenance work easier. In case you plan to install a windmill or any other alternate source of energy, your maintenance overheads far outweigh the benefits. Besides, you may end up with noise pollution in some cases. The solar energy panels work silently without causing any side-effects to the health and well being of the elderly and the sick.

The answers to all your queries regarding does solar energy work can be practically found if you take a glance at the different applications of solar power as you will soon discover now.

Best Solar Inverter for Home – How to Choose It?

Posted on : Monday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Solar Inverters

Solar panels and solar panel energy systems are growing in popularity daily. These sorts of systems can help you to save money on your utility bills, and also help you to do your part for the environment. In some cases, you may even be eligible for tax breaks for installing or investing in such a system. Every solar panel system must have an inverter. But what is an inverter? Is there only one type? If not, what are the types? Which of these types of inverters are the best for your home system? In this article, we will answer all these questions and some others.

From DC to AC

The main role of the solar inverter is to transform the solar power collected from the form of direct current (also known as DC) to alternating current (AC) which can be used safely in your home as power for appliances, outlets and so on. DC is the only type of electricity that a photovoltaic panel or system actually generates. Because of this, nearly every system must have an inverter somewhere in the system.

Getting the Most of Your Investment

You may also want to consider inverters that do more than just transform energy. For instance, many of them allow you to purchase extras, as well, as part of your inverter unit. These include things like a system to tell you about how much power you are generating and using over time, a control panel for your system, and much more. In this way, the people using the systems, as well as the local utilities (if they are involved) can really put your system to good use. Many of these extras easily pay for themselves.

Best Solar Battery for a Home Solar Power System

Posted on : Monday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Best Solar Battery

In their simplest form, solar batteries are devices that are charged by using the sun’s rays, also known as solar power. These days there are many different kinds of solar batteries which work with a solar power system in order to generate clean, free energy for the user. What kind of battery to use will depend on whether or not you plan to use your power immediately, whether you intend to store it, and what kind of solar power collection system you have.

In the past, those who used solar batteries were in the minority, but as gas prices skyrocket and oil supplies begin to dry up, a solar battery bank has become a popular purchase. Once the initial purchase is made, it can be free to charge and recharge batteries for all types of applications, including small vehicles, charging mobile devices, powering a home during an outage, and providing light and energy even after traditional batteries run out of juice.

While the draw for some may be the small startup costs and the ability to access free energy, many others have turned to solar batteries as a way to keep damaging chemicals out of the air and landfill. By using rechargeable batteries and letting go of many of the more traditional energy applications, fewer batteries will end up in landfills and fewer will have to be made. In addition, less oil will have to be drilled and combusted for other types of power.

In order to begin your own solar power storage, you will need a battery bank (which includes a battery charger), solar batteries, a charge controller, and a solar power collection system. Because there are many different types of batteries that can be used in a solar system, it is necessary to know what types are available and which work best.

How To Start Living Off the Grid?

Posted on : Friday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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What is an Off Grid Solar System?
Off Grid Solar House
An off-the-grid ѕоlаr electric system iѕ a ѕуѕtеm of ѕоlаr раnеlѕ thаt mаkе a house or a hоuѕеhоld еntirеlу оr close tо ѕеlf-ѕuffiсiеnt in tеrmѕ оf energy рrоduсtiоn. Althоugh it iѕ vеrу hard tо build a truly аutоnоmоuѕ hоmе, the еnеrgу system can bе autonomous аt the vеrу lеаѕt. And thаt iѕ very viаblе for rurаl houses or саbinѕ. Furthermore, an оff grid ѕоlаr ѕуѕtеm саn be used merely tо power the соnditiоning of thе hоuѕе tо kеер thе attic nice and соld during thе summer months.

A full оff grid solar power ѕуѕtеm uѕuаllу соnѕiѕtѕ of: ѕоlаr panels (a ѕоlаr array) that gеnеrаtе роwеr; a PV соmbinеr bоx – a bоx which рrоtесtѕ the ѕуѕtеm frоm ѕhоrt сirсuitѕ; charge controllers, whiсh еnѕurе thаt thе bаttеriеѕ dоn’t go оvеrdrivе; аnd a сurrеnt invеrtеr, which turnѕ the ѕоlаr panels’ DC power tо uѕаblе AC electricity. An еlесtriсаl generator (wind or fuel роwеrеd) is optional, but in many timеѕ necessary, аѕ unрrеdiсtаblе weather раttеrnѕ can diѕruрt thе power supply.

Solar раnеl еffiсiеnсу iѕ increasing dау bу dау аѕ thе tесhnоlоgiеѕ progress. Ambitious green living enthusiasts predict that ѕоlаr еnеrgу will bе cheaper thаn grid еlесtriсitу by 2015 – at lеаѕt in thе more sunny rеgiоnѕ. Hоwеvеr, nоtе that ѕоlаr раnеlѕ do hаvе аn еxрirу dаtе, аnd уоu should always сhесk thе рrоjесtеd “lifе expectancy” оf thе раnеlѕ уоu орt tо рurсhаѕе. Thiѕ will еnѕurе thе viability of уоur рrоjесt. In sunny, even small off grid ѕоlаr ѕуѕtеmѕ can vastly decrease the роwеr соѕtѕ, as thе initial рауmеnt fоr gеtting thе grid to a rеmоtе lосаtiоn can bе quitе high.

Thеrе are numеrоuѕ advantages tо uѕing аn off grid solar system even if уоu dоn’t ѕаvе thаt muсh mоnеу. Firѕt оf аll, you are doing рlаnеt еаrth a fаvоur bу uѕing роwеr thаt’ѕ асquirеd frоm renewable rеѕоurсеѕ. Secondly, if уоu have a gеnеrаtоr, уоu аrе mоrе рrоtесtеd against power fаilurеѕ thаn оthеr inhаbitаntѕ оf the ѕаmе аrеа. And lаѕtlу, an аutоnоmоuѕ роwеr ѕuррlу is an еxсеllеnt wау tо bесоmе indереndеnt оf рubliс ѕоurсеѕ, which оftеn don’t take еnоugh саrе аbоut thе аvеrаgе customer.

How Can I Make Off Grid Power System From Home?

Grid-Tie Solar System – How It Works?

Posted on : Tuesday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Grid-Tie Solar System

Perhaps one of the best new ways that you can invest in the future of your family and the resale price of your home is to install a grid tie solar system. Grid tie solar systems are different from a traditional solar system on a home that you might think of. Generally when we think of solar panels being placed on homes we think of complete reliance whereby the house is off the grid and not supplied with power from any local Hydro company. A grid tie solar system is a way that individual homes can have a solar grid that’s tied to their local power company whereby any excess power that is produced by that solar system can be purchased from you by the power company and used in other homes on their electrical grid. This means that essentially a good solar panel kit could one day pay for itself and begin earning money for any homeowner. This offers a great investment for homeowners as the payback period on a solar system can take far less time than you may think especially if you are interested in doing a DIY grid tie.

Make Homemade Solar Panels – The Easiest Way

Posted on : Wednesday | By : Max | In : DIY Solar

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Solar panels provide a great help and usefulness to many people because of their unique performance and benefits. Most of the time, people tend to look for experts to do the solar panel installation for themselves. But at present they can already make their own solar panel and have it installed in their home. Making homemade solar panels has been made easy and convenient so that everybody can do it by themselves even if they are at home.

If you really want to try doing it yourself, then you have to continue reading and bear in mind all the details given. In fact, this can help you save money in the long run. However, before you are able to experience this, make sure that you know how to make solar panels.

If you really wish to save more money on the system of your solar power at home, you should learn how to make DIY solar panels. It is more affordable than purchasing these panels. There is no need to worry if you are not knowledgeable about DIY solar panel installation. The truth is that it is not actually difficult to do. The building process of homemade solar panel is composed of these steps:

Look for Cost Effective Solar Cells for Solar Panel Power
Solar Cells

There are various places to go if you are trying to look for an affordable solar cell. There is a wide range of selection for these solar cells. Through online stores and local shops you can make a good choice from them. You may also get started through looking for auction listing for broken solar cells, solar panel for parts, and damaged solar cells.

5 Most Important Alternative Energy Sources

Posted on : Sunday | By : Max | In : Alternative Energy

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Fossil fuels are currently the biggest non-renewable energy source. Alternative sources of energy are those produced without the use of fossil fuels. Often, alternative renewable energy sources have a replenishing supply that could be interpreted as infinite. Energy from the sun, or solar energy, is a very good example of an alternative and future energy source. These are not yet developed well enough to be commercially viable in many cases, but these future energy sources are our best bet at sustainably preserving our environment. Among numerous alternate sources of energy there are a few common options.

Solar Energy
Solar Energy

It is common knowledge that without the sun mankind would not exist. The sun has been used for a myriad of purposes since time immemorial. The light and heat of the sun are used for heating, desalination of seawater, cooking and also producing electricity. Solar power from the sun is used to convert water into steam that is fed into a generator to produce electricity; this is a passive type of solar technology.