Can I Build My Own Solar Panels?

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If you decide to get a solar panel installation at your home, you can expect to pay a few thousand pounds for the privilege. It should not come as a surprise then to learn that some more resourceful people are trying to make their own solar panels.

So, is it possible, or just a pipe dream?

What do you need to make a solar panel?

The main ‘ingredient’ for a solar panel is solar cells – and several of them. You can find sources of these online but they may be expensive, especially if you buy brand new ones. Damaged ones are much cheaper (as you would expect) but there is the chance they may not work as well.

There are also instructions online on how to create your very own solar cells, but this is a long winded process that isn’t ideal if you want to build your own solar panels in a reasonable amount of time.

What about instructions for creating your own solar panels?

You can find instructions for the procedure online. However you will find these come from people who have tried doing it on their own. Therefore different people have found slightly different ways for doing it. It is a good idea to read through a few different methods to gauge the results garnered so you can figure out which method is best.

Is there an easier way to do it?

Yes there is – you can buy DIY kits that provide you with all the bits you need to install the solar panels on your roof. You can either do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.

This could save you a lot of money but you must have some degree of knowledge on how to put the panels on your roof. Either that or you must be confident of saving enough money to make getting the kit and hiring a contractor separately worthwhile.

Is it worth making your own solar panels?

If you are still keen on making your own solar panels, you should think about whether or not you have the time to make the number of panels you need to make it worthwhile. Not only that, you have to be fairly sure the panels will be good enough to use.

So you see it isn’t just a question of whether you can or not. It’s also a question of whether you should.

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