Off Grid With Homemade Solar Panels

As the use of solar energy receives publicity throughout the news, and as the utility companies increase their energy costs, more and more people are looking for a way to break free from their local utility company and save money by building their own solar panel systems. If you enjoy building and repairing things around your house, or possibly work in an area revolving around construction, building a solar panel system might sound like an interesting project to take on. Building a few solar panels to power your laptop, or similar appliances, is much different than building a larger solar panel system that would allow you to become energy independent.

For starters, you should consider the amount of solar panels you will need in order to provide power for your entire house. It is not unusual for an average house to require 20 or 30 solar panels to achieve complete energy independence. Although it is possible to build a system of that size using homemade solar panels, you must consider the amount of time, tools, materials and skills you will require to get the job done. You should ask yourself; do you have the resources for a project of that size?

Next, you will also have to consider the fact that your homemade solar panels will not be approved by any NRTLs (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories). For anyone who wants to have homeowner’s insurance that covers loss from fire, you should know that your house will probably not qualify for coverage if you build your own solar panels.

And finally, you will not have any manufacturer’s warranty intact if something was to go wrong. The majority of solar panel providers have a 25 year warranty in place or longer. You will find yourself paying costs to troubleshoot problems out of your own pocket. It is always good to know, not only the positives, but the negatives of a venture before you jump into it. Nevertheless, there are thousands of people who have successfully built homemade solar panels and are using them on a daily basis.

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