Home Build Solar System is the website where you can get the information you need to build your own solar system.
The initial intention
I could see that my electricity bill was increasing year after year, just because the modern day appliances can’t be turned off any more and before I noticed I had many appliances in the house which are on standby day in day out. This all not only harm the environment but also my bank account as I am using electricity for nothing. Not to solve this problem (as this is how appliances are made and I can’t change this) I started to look into renewable energy to compensate my unneeded losses and to take some pain away from my bank account.
Wind energy was no option due to the area I’m living in, hydro electricity is no option as I live in a flat country with next to no rivers so solar power was the best solution. Than the price of solar systems appear to be horrendous, far too much that the system ever would produce in its estimated 20 year lifespan. So I tried to get governmental grants for this project but grants for those kinds of systems where limited and did I miss out. But I still wanted a solar system but I didn’t wanted to pay the high price, so I decided to build the panels myself. Yes you see this right, I wanted to build my own solar system and I can tell you now it’s possible and well with materials bought local in DIY shops and easy to obtain parts from the Internet.
No I’m not a technical wonder and I don’t have lots of experience working with electricity, I just looked around and taught myself how solar panels are made, how other might have done it and made out of this a workable plan of how I could do it.
Start of the challenge
After I did my homework I found out that there was a solar cell manufacturer just a few hours away from my house who could supply me with the needed cells (otherwise I could buy those online as they’re easy to obtain from other sites). With information I collected from various sources I made a wiring diagram and did I got ordinary glass from a local supplier. Tools I needed came from my local DIY store and I was ready to start. I soldered the solar cells according to the wiring diagram and installed them between two sheets of glass and sealed the glass plates together (yes, I just made double glassing with solar cells imbedded, how easy can a plan be). I contacted the local solar panel shop for a suitable inverter as this one needs to be small (remember that I only make a small amount of electricity with this panel). From this shop visit I learned that one panel for sure was not enough so I build a 2nd panel and those two together was enough for a small inverter to produce electricity back to the grit. This inverter by the way was for free as it’s so small that it doesn’t fit in existing solar systems which come an pre arraigned packages and has been laying in the shop for years. The two panels gave only a small output and not even a steady one as I still was paying with the minimum output of this inverter so I build a third panel.
Now I’ve got a nice steady output as soon as the sun comes up till it’s going down again. The production of those three panels is enough to overcome the daytime usage of the standby related appliances (which was my goal). From this I learned that making a Home Build Solar System is not difficult at all, all you need is the right mindset, the nerves to just do is and a minimum technical experience.
So if I can do this, you can do this too. An extra pleasant factor is, is when you make your own system you’re not stuck with the standard sizes of the panels which often don’t fit where you want to place your panels (I made mine panels slightly smaller than standard panels so they fit more easy in my garden). And the costs, by making your own system the costs will be a lot lower. For the critic, yes you’re right this is not free electricity as I had to pay for the parts but when I reached the breakeven point the costs are paid back and then the system will give me free energy by harvesting the sun.
To share my experiences I’ve made a website where you can see for yourself how I did it, my production records to show how the system is behaving, and how you can do this yourself by means of text, photo’s and films. Why wait till tomorrow if you can start saving money today.