Solar power is an amazing form of clean energy because it is relatively inexpensive and will never run out. This energy supply is really limitless and will continue on for many lifetimes. Several companies are now offering incentives that slash the costs of solar panels allowing most people to benefit from this cheap energy source. But how exactly do solar panels work? By the end of this article, you will understand.
The solar panel itself is essentially a container that holds solar cells. The energy that solar cells produce from sunlight is electricity. When sunlight hits the silicone material in solar cells, an electrical process occurs. People that purchase solar panels need to buy a lot of them because each cell only produces half of a volt of electricity. The benefits of having no electric bill are great, which is why many people make their own solar panels at home on their own. For those of you that are not very handy with tools, it is recommended that you obtain help from your family that can help you with sawing and soldering wires.
Before you install any solar panels, you should do some research, as the kind you get should be based on how much sunlight your area gets. You have to choose between two kinds of solar panels: concentrating and non-concentrating solar collectors.
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. You can always consult with an expert if you don't know which type of solar panel would be appropriate for you.
If you are doing all of this yourself, it's important to remember that a solar panel is essentially a set of solar cells grouped within a container, which you will need to create for your solar panels. Solar panels containers can be made of any number of materials although the ease of workmanship makes wood the obvious choice for such a project. You can use whatever type of wood you like but plywood is a great option for the back. Cover the container with plexiglass, you may also want to put a bit of wood inside the box to hold the cells in place. Since sunlight needs to get into each cell, plexiglass coverings are perfect ways to protect the cells from the elements and still allow full sun exposure to the cells. You will also need a whole in the bottom of the box that will allow you to pull the wires out of the box. Use solder to connect the individual cells to one another after mounting is complete.
Undoubtedly, solar panel systems are the future for energy production for the home due to their cost-effectiveness over the long term as well as the fact that they are good for the environment. So, you can save more money by installing them sooner rather than later.