Using DIY PV panels in your home

Why should you install PV panels?

The most reliable and convenient method of generating electricity is with the help of photovoltaic panels, or PV panels. These panels are composed of Photovoltaic cells, which are the basic functional units of PV panels. Photovoltaic cells are safe to use and are environmentally friendly as well. They work by converting the energy found in the radiations of the sun, into electrical energy with can then be used to power homes and offices. The usage of photovoltaic cells to generate electricity or to power equipment and appliances around the house is an effective way of reducing your electricity and utility bills significantly, and also reducing your carbon footprint.

Advantage of DIY solar panels:

People usually purchase and hire people to install solar panels in their homes, but the method of constructing solar panels is so simple, that you can make your own solar panels at home, reducing the cost further. Purchasing solar panels can require a considerable amount of initial investment which eventually pays off within a matter of time, but making solar panels yourself allows you to dodge the cost of purchasing and installing solar panels as well. This means that you will not have to make huge initial investments and can produce electricity virtually for free!

Residential PV systems

Photovoltaic systems installed to generate electricity for homes produce clean, pollutant free power that is completely environment friendly. Another factor that must be considered is that this power is produced from a renewable source, unlike the conventional electricity generation methods that require the use of the steadily depleting resources of this planet. Solar power systems have no fuel consumption, and only run on direct sunlight. Many other factors along with these make solar power generation the ideal method of electricity production for our generation.

Making solar panels at home:

Construction of solar panels at home is a relatively simple task, contrary to the misconception of many people who think it is a complicated procedure. Only basic knowledge and a few basic tools are required for this purpose, and you can easily make and later install your own solar panels to generate electricity according to your requirements. Solar cells are also easily available online, and you can purchase them and order them at home as well.

Types of solar approaches:

Active solar: As far as solar approaches are concerned, there are two main types, out of which only one should be opted for in case you are making your own solar panels. The first type is known as the active solar. In this type, the solar panels are required to generate electricity for heating purposes, for example heating water for domestic usage. Active solar heating can also involve the usage of solar collectors. These devices can be hooked up to your water supply, and they heat your water very effectively. Solar collectors are especially beneficial if you live in an area that has a cold climate and need heated water for domestic use most of the time.

Passive solar: The second type of solar approach is termed as passive solar. Passive solar projects are basically about taking complete advantage of the energy store in the radiations of the sun as they hit the surface of the Earth every day. This energy can be used to keep homes warm by circulating it within the house. It works wonders during winters and also allows you to cut down on your heating bills. There are many other options available when it comes to using sunlight in beneficial ways and cutting down on the usage of as much conventional power as possible.

Solar panels for your home:

You can build your own solar panels easily and install them in your home. You can purchase solar cells from the internet or through reliable contractors and actually construct your own panels. All you need is solar cells to create your solar array, a container (preferably wood) to hold your solar cells, wiring and a diode. You can hook up your individual solar cells with each other in order to generate at least 18 kilovolts of current electricity. This means you will need at least 36 solar cells to make a single solar panel. If you wish to generate more electricity you can always hook up more solar cells. Making your own solar panels requires a little expertise and basic construction knowledge, if you are up to making your own panels, but can’t install them yourself, you can always get the contractor who supplies you with solar cells to install them. Most contractors who provide you with readymade solar panels also install them and also give you a 5-10 year warranty. DIY solar panels are equally long lasting, if made properly. The best part about solar panels for your home is that they don’t require any heavy machinery to function, they can simply be installed in a location that receives direct sunlight, and they will quietly make your electricity for you. The panels do need to be connected to a diode and to your homes circuitry, so that they can power your homes and house hold appliances.