The reason that solar panels is so popular today is that the sun is an endless source of energy that we can rely upon. Well, not for the next 4 billion years at least, which is how long the sun is expected to live. One of the key reasons that solar panels are becoming more popular is that discounts make it more affordable for those that want to try it out. You should be wondering by now how these solar panels work? The following paragraphs will provide this explanation.
It is not that difficult to build your own solar panels. You will have to have some "Do It Yourself" skills, to build your own solar panels. You will need some equipment as well as solar panels, wood for the container and plexiglass for the cover. You will need to use silicon caulk or wood glue of some type to attach the solar cells to the wooden container. If you can find solar cells that already have the tabs on them it will make wiring them up easier. If you can not find solar panels with tabs you will have to solder on the tabs before you glue them in place.
The kind of solar panels you get will depend on where you live, as the climate and amount of sunlight received varies from place to place. Depending on the amount of sunlight you get, you may be better off with a concentrating solar collector or a non-concentrating collector.
Since concentrating solar collectors are able to absorb lots of sunlight directly, they are the best choice if you live somewhere that gets quite a bit of sunshine all year. Not everyone lives in a place that gets a lot of direct sunlight, though, and for anyone in this category a non-concentrating solar collector, which can absorb sunlight from reflection as well as directly, is the perfect choice. There are many people or companies who could tell you, based on your location, which type of solar panel is best for you; even if you want to install them yourself, you could call someone to get this information.
Solder on your diode before you attach it to batteries. Using batteries will allow the solar cells to power the batteries and not the other way around. Having your batteries power your solar panels is a waste of energy. However, for those who choose to use a charge controller this step is not necessary. While you will need to have some DIY skills to be able to make your own solar panels, it isn't as difficult as many people think. This is a task that only requires patience, materials and perseverance to succeed in making your own solar panel to save energy.