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Solar Power and Solar Panels: Answers to Your Questions About How Solar Works, DIY Solar Projects, and Solar Installation,

Solar Power and Solar Panels: Answers to Your Questions About How Solar Works, DIY Solar Projects, and Solar Installation,

Solar Power and Solar Panels: Answers to Your Questions About How Solar Works, DIY Solar Projects, and Solar Installation,

Solar power can help you reduce your power bill to nearly nothing and help our environment by using clean, renewable energy. In this brand new book, we’ll answer your burning questions about solar panels, solar power, and DIY solar projects.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

How Does Solar Power Work?
What Goes Into A Solar Power System?
What Kind of Solar Power System Should I Get?
Where Should I Put My System?
How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?
Are There Incentives and Rebates For Solar?
What Is A Typical Solar Panel Price?
How Much Will A Solar Panel System Going to Save Me?
How Do I Get A System Installed?
Is It Do It Yourself Solar Power Doable?
Where Can I Get Solar Equipm

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19 Comments/Reviews

  • DStar says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Guide!, February 28, 2012
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    This review is from: Solar Power and Solar Panels: Answers to Your Questions About How Solar Works, DIY Solar Projects, and Solar Installation, (Kindle Edition)

    Before reading this book I didn’t know much about solar energy, all I knew was that it could save me money, and that was enough to get me interested. This book answered all my questions about solar power that other resources failed to do. It answered questions such as, how many solar panels will I need, what system would work best for me, and what happens during installation.

    This is a very informative book; everything you need to know about harnessing solar power is explained in an easy way, that anyone can understand, the author doesn’t skip any steps.

    I was a little confused when looking online at prices for solar panels, but this book also helped with learning about that, so when I went back online to look I actually knew what to look for and how much I should be spending.

    I was also surprised to see that this book had diagrams, they really added to the explanations, and helped me learn at a faster pace.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone considering solar energy! 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book!, March 7, 2012
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    This review is from: Solar Power and Solar Panels: Answers to Your Questions About How Solar Works, DIY Solar Projects, and Solar Installation, (Kindle Edition)

    Wow, so much better than the DIY guides I have bought which were really deceptive about what is possible. Answered my questions about how many solar panels do I need, pricing, rebates and a lot of stuff I didn’t know about – well done

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Glad I got this!, March 7, 2012
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    This review is from: Solar Power and Solar Panels: Answers to Your Questions About How Solar Works, DIY Solar Projects, and Solar Installation, (Kindle Edition)

    Glad I got this, was thinking I really needed a battery system but thinking twice now. This had some nice diagrams that explain how the systems work, whcih I didn’t know. Was curious about solar panels price and have a really good idea now. Thanks for writing this

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  • iberibin says:

    I’ve been looking at this DIY project of making solar panels and wondered if anyone has purchased any of the solar panel kits that you can buy online to build your own panels. Anyone tried this and if so, was it worth the effort. would love to hear your comments. Here is the guide that I was looking at: http://www.solarpanelsmake.com Let me know!

  • Biker Rob says:

    Hey everyone
    I’ve been assigned a science project….
    I was thinking of making a messenger bag with a solar panel on it.

    Is there a cheap (under $100) way to make your own solar panel?
    It must yield 3-10 watts

  • Scott Ruggles says:

    I’m new to the topic of renewable energy with solar panels. I’ve been doing some research and I think I have a general idea of what is required in a DIY scenario. However, most of the guides have very limited information regarding the use of an enclosure, box, etc. The information that I have found usually points to some home-made enclosure or leaving the batteries exposed. I’d rather not do that if possible.

    The closest I have gotten is the Xantrex PH-1800, but it is not officially offered to the general public, so their website does not have any documentation posted on this. Here is some info on my scenario and the type of system I’d like to set up:

    Portable:
    I live in a house with plenty of space in the yard, and a spare bedroom, however, I don’t plan on living here for much longer, so I’d like a small enough system that can be moved to the next house (possibly apartment) I move to.
    Here’s a picture of one that I found, although again, this one is only sold in bulk:
    http://image.made-in-china.com/6f3j00lCf…

    I’d like the container to allow for battery replacement. If it’s a small container/enclosure, I’d like for it to be scalable so that I can add more batteries down the line if need be. The xantrex enclosure seems to offer that feature, but I’m not sure if that might be too advanced for me. I have a strong tech background, but limited electrical.

    Scalable:
    To begin with, I would like to simply power just an AC for 4hrs that uses 600 watts. If I’m calculating this right, then I would need 6 deep marine cycle batteries so that I don’t drain them past 50%. I would also need an inverter rated at 600watt minimum.

    Going back to the enclosure, ideally, the enclosure would have hookups that allow for adding/removing batteries without changing the solar panels. If the charging speed slows down, that’s not a big deal for my scenario. Is there a such thing out there?

    These requirements are not set in stone, so if I missed anything, feel free to subsititute numbers where necessary. The most important feature I’m interested in is scalability so that I don’t have to throw away components down the line. I’d rather buy a 1000watt inverter now even if I would only use 600watts, assuming this doesn’t produce another inefficiency. If it does, please let me know.
    Update:
    Thanks for the feedback. However, does anyone have information regarding a container that does not involve some kind of DIY process?

    Also, since this is more of a starter project for me, I wouldn’t be planning on using the AC and charging the batteries at the same time. In fact, I generally get home late from work and might only use this during the weekend.

    Also, does higher wattage from the solar panels mean faster charging? I was under the impression that the controller’s job is to pretty much take whatever electricity is coming from the solar panel and then “standardize it” to whatever the battery can handle, kind of like a funnel so to speak.

    One other related question, would this change if I were to connect say 6 batteries in parallel or woudl it still require the same amount of wattage for the charging process?

  • Viviana Llontop says:

    Is there any way I can make a minor solar powered project? Something small enough to just work or is it overall just way too expensive even at a “home project” level? Something small like to charge 1 battery or something… nothing on a huge scale.

  • Jus10s wife says:

    I’m doing a DIY project which needs a solar panel rated at 12V or above. I’m ready to spend anything lesser than $100. Here in India, there is no place where I can get them. So can anyone help me find a website which sells them and also has shipping to India? Thanks!

  • Rickie Teeter says:

    Hey everyone
    I’ve been assigned a science project….
    I was thinking of making a messenger bag with a solar panel on it.

    Is there a cheap (under $100) way to make your own solar panel?
    It must yield 3-10 watts

  • Jesus Ayala says:

    Since I am working on a DIY project to make solar cooker , I wanted to do most of it at home. Would love to make the black paint myself , if its possible – else there are spray paints available as a last option 🙂 though then I have to research and see as to which ones are not toxic or emit toxic fumes on heating.

  • Marissa Haddon says:

    I’m an engineering student and for an individual hobby-like project i purchased a small solar panel and a small solar motor. I am planning on making a small solar powered toy car. The question i have is: is there a way to connect a control or some other ways of regulating the power that is absorbed by the cells? Other wise the motor will just continue to run. Any answer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • AL-Khudaifi Chang says:

    Im interested in constructing my own solar panels out of individual photovoltaic cells, I m a resident in the UK and Id like to attatch them to my south facing shed roofs. After a bit of research ive found the cells for £400 for 300 pieces ( 6 x 6 polycrstalline) or £250 for 100 pieces ( 6 x 6 mono crystalline), each individual cell will generate a max output of just over 4W, so in theory I can generate over a KW on my shed roofs. What are the major advantages of mono over polycrystalline?

    Will it be easy to connect these to the house’s power and will it be possible to sell any excess back to the power companies?

    Two of us live here but we’re never in so we dont use much electricity, apparently between 3 and 4 KW is the household average usage so I doubt we use more than 2KW, Please let me know if this sounds about right for the amount Im planning to buy.

    Are there any grants available for cost of materials? as the government usually pays 50% up to £8000 for domestic solar energy projects? although these are usually supplied and fitted by a registered firm.

    Has anyone inititiated a similar idea themselves?

    any feedback on any of these questions would be greatly appreciated!

    thanks!

  • Roy Lpez says:

    And is an area of 1 km^2 for a solar power tower enough to produce energy for five houses? can you make an approximation of how much it could supply?

  • Rahul Prasher says:

    We are looking at buying a house and renovating it, and were wondering about using solar or wind power to power much of our house. We will have a well, be on a septic system, have a wood burning furnace for heating the house, so we would like to have solar or wind power so we can use as little electricity as possible (its insanely expensive here!). We also have our appliances (fridge, stove, washer, dryer, freezer).
    How much would a basic set up be for a 900 sq ft, 3 bedroom house? For either wind turbines or solar panels and necessary equipment? I am in Southern Ontario.

    Thanks!

  • G-SPOT says:

    I only invest in small-cap energy based companies like oil, gas, petroleum, and more recently, wind and solar power.

    What I would like to know is how exactly do wind and solar power companies make their money? Please, I’d like to understand the industry a bit better. Thanks!

  • 19-Oct says:

    What alternatives are there to solar power? I was going to get solar panels for my house in Canada, but Canada might not be the best source of solar power, so how else could I obtain free electricity?

  • David Poland says:

    Hey everyone
    I’ve been assigned a science project….
    I was thinking of making a messenger bag with a solar panel on it.

    Is there a cheap (under $100) way to make your own solar panel?
    It must yield 3-10 watts

  • apple says:

    I was wondering if anyone was interested in solar power and wind power as a DIY project ?

    Best info around I found is from US at http://www.earth4energy.com

  • Saundra Jarvie says:

    If we focused the sun’s energy like a magnifying glass does into the solar panels, would this generate more power at all?

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