How To Build Your Own Solar Power Panels To Save On Electricity

Find out how you can build you own solar power panels to generate up to 80% or more of your electrical needs, and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
By: Andy O'Silliven
June 28, 2009 - PRLog -- Solar power panels are one of the easiest and least expensive answers to our global need of reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. The United States itself accounts for over 25% of the global oil usage. By installing solar power panels, we can reduce our dependency on imported fossil fuels.

If more people were to build their own solar power panels, the world could reduce it's dependency on fossil fuels by up to 50% or more. In a residential application, it's possible to generate up to 80% or more of your electrical needs using solar power panels.

Once you've acquired the parts you need, and accomplish building the solar power panels, then the energy they produce is free for your use. Just imagine how much you'd save if you could cut your power use by half, and how quick the solar panels will pay for themselves. If your monthly electrical bill is $150, and you can cut it by half, saving $75/month, and it cost you $375 (usually less) to build it, then it will pay for itself in 5 months. From that point on, you'll be saving $75/month. What could you do with an extra $900/year? You may think that building a solar power panel is complicated or too technically advanced for the average home owner, but if you are handy with common hand tools and can solder, then you can build your own solar power panels in a weekend or two.

Things You Need:

• Wire crimping tool
• Wire cutters
• Solder, 60/40 or silver
• Soldering iron, or soldering station
• Drill
• Screwdriver
• Cobalt steel jobbers' twist drill bit, heavy duty, wire gauge size 26, 3" L, 1c" L flute
• Machine screw size high-speed steel hand tap taper, 10-24, H3 pitch diameter, 4 flute
• 7/32 drill bit
• Plastic sheet cutter
• Reamer
• Pliers
• Hacksaw or cutoff saw
• Triple beam scale (optional)

Once you have your tools together, you'll need to find your materials, most of which you can probably find on eBay for a really good price.

We all need to be more aware of our impact on the ecology on a global scale and take steps in reducing our carbon output by a drastic amount, if we want our grandchildren to have a place to live. Just imagine how much cleaner the air would be, not to mention how much lower your electric bill will be. Learning how to build your own solar power panels isn't really a difficult task when you know how to get started along with the right tools work with.

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Andy O Silliven is an engineer and author in the fields of electrical engineering. He enjoys writing about the topic and keeping up with current events and research in the area of renewable energy sources.
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