Read this article to learn how to build your own solar panel.

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Solar panels provide us with green energy because they use natural elements of the earth, which is why there are many benefits. An added bonus is the fact that they're a renewable energy source, so it's not a resource that will run out. Maybe you've thought about getting solar panels, but you're unsure if they're worth it. If so, I recommend reading on to learn more about this fantastic source of energy.

Building your own solar panels at home isn't as difficult as many people think. If you know how to use a soldering iron and are handy with a saw you can build your own solar panels in no time. Basically, you will need solar cells, which can be found online, wood to build the container, Plexiglas for the cover and some equipment. Caulk should be used to attach the solar cells to the wooden container. When buying solar cells, try to find ones that already have tabs as it will make your life easier when you are doing the wiring. Make sure that you get solar panels with tabs, otherwise you will have to solder on tabs before you glue them in place. You need to be able to hook up your solar panel, once it is finished, to a 12 V battery to store the energy. A plain old lead acid battery, which is very affordable, is what you'll need. In fact, with a little research you can find these batteries very cheaply or even for free. So, these batteries store the power produced by solar panels, which can then be converted into AC power with the help of a power inverter so the electricity can be used by appliances. This means you should get a true sine wave or modified energy converter. To get 60 MHz electricity, like out of your outlet, you must purchase or have a true sine wave inverter. Of course, these models are more expensive than their modified counterparts, are well worth the cost.

A component, the charge controller, must be placed between the solar panel and the battery for the following reasons. To maintain your battery life over time, and to properly charge them each and every day, you need to use charge controllers. A charge controller will also ensure that no power flows out of the batteries and back into the solar panel, which would be a waste. They also prevent overcharging of your batteries which can happen if they are not used. You will indeed need to have some do it yourself know how to complete this task but it's not nearly as difficult as most people thought. It's really no harder than knowing what materials you'll need, obtaining them before you begin and having the patience to complete the task.

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