Many people dream of living in a solar-powered home, but not many achieve it. They are not able to experience the off-grid lifestyle. One reason is because they cannot deal with the costs involved, which is why London Mayor Sadiq Kahn, in recent appearances, suggested that the UK should hold on to the available solar panel subsidies that have helped to make the process more affordable in recent years.
This is just one reason why many are clueless on how to get there, but there are 2 main ways to setup solar energy panels in your home; by engaging professionals or doing it yourself.
If you have cash to spare and do not mind the long payback period of commercial solar energy panels, engaging professionals is the ideal way to go. But if you want the most bang for your buck and want your solar panels to pay for itself in a much shorter period, the DIY route serves you well. Setting up a complete solar power generator at home requires about $35,000 to $40,000. You only need a fraction of this cost in order to get do-it-yourself solar energy panels pumping electricity for your home.
With less than $200, some people attempt to build a piece of photovoltaic panel that can last for more than two decades. This component can be built using simple tools and commonly available materials like wood, glass and Masonite boards. The number of photovoltaic panels you have to build depends on the size of your system. In order to size up your solar power system, you’ll have to sum up the total energy consumption of your home. From this estimate, you’ll also be able to know the specification of different photovoltaic components you need.
After the setup is completely built, it is time to install your batteries for solar panels. You need a south-facing roof so as to capture the most sunlight throughout the day. You also have to ensure these solar energy panels are not sheltered by vegetation. The slightest shade can cause a drastic drop in voltage output. In order to determine the best position for your photovoltaic panels, you may need a solar pathfinder. This clever tool enables you to read (at one glance) the shading condition at the area of your choice. You’ll then know if your intended installation site is suitable for solar electricity generation.
If you want to build your own basic solar power system, a DIY instructional manual can help you get started. You’ll be able to learn where to get cheap and good materials, as well as techniques that only professionals know. You’ll also learn what to do when you get into a rut. Alternatively, you can do fine if an expert is willing to teach you. But not too many of us know someone like that. Therefore, an instructional manual is one good resource that helps you save thousands on your solar energy panels.
Individual cells provide small amount of energy, but when connected together as a panel increase the output significantly. The output of solar panel is stated in watts. For example, it 6 hours of peak sun (during the day) per day is available in an area, the average solar panel can produce about 360 watt hours of power per day. The power of the system varies, depending on the intended geographical location.
The electricity is only produced when solar panel exposed to the sun. Solar panels are very hard and wear out very slowly. Like in all systems we may find some losses of energy due to the fact that the electricity is carried across the wires, batteries which are not 10% efficient. That’s why it is good to talk to professionals who are experienced in system designs.