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Learning how to make solar panels is easy and fun. Anyone can undertake this diy project and enjoy the benefits of solar energy to generate free electricity. Do not spend a fortune on retail solar ...

Learning how to make solar panels is easy and fun. Anyone can undertake this diy project and enjoy the benefits of solar energy to generate free electricity. Do not spend a fortune on retail solar panels. Here's how you can start saving on electric bills....

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    • Learn How To Make Solar Panels Alternative Energy:Learn How To Make Solar Panels For Fun And Profit Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 1
    • Learn How To Make Solar Panels Legal NoticeThe author and publisher disclaim any warranties (express or implied), merchantability,or fitness for any particular purpose. The author and publisher shall in no event beheld liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or otherconsequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of this material,which is provided “as is”, and without warranties.As always, the advice of a competent legal, tax, accounting or other professionalshould be sought. The author and publisher do not warrant the performance,effectiveness or applicability of any sites listed or linked to in this report. All links arefor information purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy or any otherimplied or explicit purpose.The author and publisher of this report and the accompanying materials have usedtheir best efforts in preparing this report. The author and publisher make norepresentation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, orcompleteness of the contents of this report. The information contained in this report isstrictly for educational purposes. Therefore, if you wish to apply ideas contained in thisreport, you are taking full responsibility for your actions. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 2
    • Learn How To Make Solar Panels Table of ContentsChapter 1 The Benefits of Solar Energy 6Chapter 2 The Cost of a Solar Energy System 10Chapter 3 The Uses of A Solar Energy System 13Chapter 4 Five Good Reasons To Do It Yourself 16Chapter 5 Get Help From Someone Who Is Experienced 17 Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 3
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsBrief IntroductionThe earth receives more energy from the sun in one hour than the powerrequirement of the world for the whole year. Solar energy is free, renewable, cleanand sustainable. We know how to harness it and we know where to use it best.Solar power is likely to be the most valuable of the renewable energy sourcesavailable. That is because it is plentiful and it is the least expensive to implement.This process involves placing collectors and panels in places where the sun willreach for the longest number of hours per day such as the roof. The process ofconverting what is collected into energy is known as photovoltaic.In order to make this happen, silicon is used to transform it and batteries are usedto store the energy collected.Experts believe that there is more energy from the sun every single day that wecan use than what we burn up in fossil fuels annually. That is an amazingevaluation and one that does mean a great deal for the future of all of us. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 4
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsJust imagine if we were collecting and using a fraction of that amount what wewould be able to preserve in regards to our non-renewable resources.It is estimated that 20,000 homeowner’s in the United States alone currently get atleast 80% of their electricity from solar energy. This saves approximately 50,000tons of coal each year in order to produce that same amount of power.That is quite a bit of our natural resources being saved from such a small numberof people being involved.You may be asking just what is holding everyone back and the answer is simplythe cost that is involved. Setting up solar panels is expensive if you choose to getthe commercial kind.However, there is a better cost efficient way to enjoy the benefit of using solarenergy and that is to make your own solar panels at home. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 5
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsChapter 1 The Benefits of Solar EnergyUtilizing solar energy or the power coming from the suns rays has many benefits.Let us take a closer look on each of them.•Solar energy saves money.In 2006, we saw the highest jump on residential electric rate. In some areas of thecountry, as much as 60% increase was seen. Many experts agree that the trendwill likely to continue in the years to come. This means that you have to pay largersum of cash to sustain your monthly electric consumption. But if you produce yourown power, you can prevent paying the high cost of energy - especially now whenenergy prices are very unstable.On a larger scale, if American households switch to other types of alternativeenergy including solar energy, the nations spending on imported oil will greatlydecrease. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 6
    • Learn How To Make Solar Panels•Solar energy is environment-friendly.The issue of global warming will not go away. So if you want to do your part tosave this planet, drawing your power requirement from the sun will make a greatdifference.Solar energy is sustainable and renewable unlike gas, coal and oil that most utilitycompanies use. It does not produce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury orcarbon dioxide as byproducts so it doesnt pollute the air. Since it doesnt emitgreenhouse gases, it doesnt contribute to global warming.Using solar energy reduces demand for fossil fuel and reduces the nationsdependence on foreign energy sources.•Government gives incentives to those who use alternative form of energy.Many are discouraged to install solar electric systems because of the initial cost ofthe project. But, some states offer federal tax credits and an up front rebate thatcovers 20% to 30% of the total system cost. These offers are relatively goodconsidering the substantial increase of energy cost in recent years. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 7
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsNote: Due to the increasing number of households who want to switch intoalternative forms of energy, the incentive levels decline. Check with your stategovernment the rates it offer if you are going to make a switch.•Solar power systems are dependable and require little or no maintenance.Photovoltaic (PV) cells that are used in solar power systems are capable ofproviding electricity for a very long time. Originally developed for space use, PVcells require little or no maintenance. The proof is, most satellites orbiting earthuse PV cells that are in harsh environment, not maintained but are still workingproperly. The manufacturers of solar panels can give as much as 25-yearswarranty. Talk about quality and dependability.•Solar energy helps improve the quality of life.Saving the planet one watt at a time if done collectively will help reduce the effectsof global warming. It will also reduce demand on coal, oil or gas power plants thatemit harmful gases. In turn, using solar power helps clean the air and improvesthe quality of life of every individual. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 8
    • Learn How To Make Solar Panels•Solar energy can reduce demands for other non-biodegradable materials.For utility companies to distribute power to every home, they need materialsnecessary in building these systems of power lines like electric cable and steel.These require energy to produce and contribute to greenhouse gases emissions.If we can cut the demand for power plant and switch into alternative energy, wecan also reduce the demand for these materials and help the environment. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 9
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsChapter 2 The Cost of a Solar Energy SystemSolar energy is free but the tools that will enable you to harness this free energyare not.If you are planning to install a solar energy system right at your home and wouldlike to know how much it would cost, there are 3 things you need to consider:First, the cost depends on how much energy your household requires. Moreenergy you require means more solar panels and higher cost of installation. Thegood thing is, the technology to harness the power of the sun is relatively cheaperthan it was several years ago.Second, the government is offering a rebate to those who will switch to alternativeform of energy. That means, the government will shoulder a portion of the totalcost of the system.Third, you can get tax credits when you switch to solar energy system. Theamount of tax rebate depends from state to state but the range can go from $1000to $2000. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 10
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsA photovoltaic commercial system can cost between $8000 to $10000 per 1kW.This equates to $8 to $10 per Watt. An average American household with 3bedrooms requires at least 1.5kW to as much as 3kW. Thus, installation can costfrom $14000 to $30000, before rebates and tax credits.But these initial costs can be reduced dramatically by implementing the systemyourself. The cost of a home-made photovoltaic system ranges from $800 up to$1.400 per 1kW. This equates to roughly $0.80 to $1.40 per Watt.This constitutes a huge advantage over the commercially made solar panels. Andas an additional bonus, you get to start your project with just one or two solarpanels, and continue to add more units as your resources allow.The cost of a single solar panel may range from $100 to $200. Again, these arerough estimates just to give you an idea of the cost of installing solar energysystems. They do not represent real figures. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 11
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsTop tips:An energy independent home has higher resale value and is more preferred byhome buyers. So, if you are planning to sell your home in several years, installinga solar energy system does not only provide substantial saving on electric bill, italso is a good home improvement option.If you want to finance the cost of your solar energy installation, include it in yourmortgage.If you want to reduce your electricity load, switch to energy efficient appliances.Buy electric appliances with ENERGY STAR seal.Low energy requirement means lower installation cost.Residents of areas with higher electricity rate can benefit most on solar energysystem.Solar energy is best for houses that are located far from the existing power lines. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 12
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsChapter 3 The Uses of a Solar Energy SystemGrid-Tied Residential HomesSolar energy can be used hand in hand with your current electricity provider. Thisis ideal to those who live in places where sunlight does not shine year round, tothose who live in areas where electricity is cheap and to those who just want touse solar energy as a backup to their existing source of power. The idea is that ifyou have 2 sources of power, you can get uninterrupted power supply all the time.One of the benefits of having a grid-tied solar energy system at home is that youcan turn your electric meter backwards. This happens when you produce moreenergy than you use. The excess power that your system generates is sent out tothe grid, which will be used by other households. As a result, your electric meterturns backwards and your electric provider will pay you for the amount of energyyour system has produced.Homeowners can use solar energy in producing electricity to power security lightsaround the houses perimeter. Since these types of lights consume as much as 5times more power than the households daily energy requirement, opting for solarenergy system is very reasonable. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 13
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsA given solar power system may not be used to answer the entire powerrequirement of the household. Sometimes it is used to power particular equipmentsuch as lighting, water pumping, cooking and water heating or other equipmentsthat consume the most amount of energy.Corporate BuildingsTo save on electric bills, many companies and building owners install Photovoltaic(PV) cells on their atria. On large industrial buildings, PV cells can be installed onrooftops. While the initial cash out is expensive, the amount of savings the systemproduces over the years will pay for itself.Off-Grid HomesIf you have a cabin house or a farm house located far from the power grids, asolar power system can be your best source of electricity. Also, it is ideal if youneed to power stand-alone sensing equipment and remote telemetry. Holidayhomes that receive a substantial amount of sunlight can also benefit on thissystem.Community halls, schools, clinics and other buildings that are not connected toany grid lines can use PV cells to generate power from the sun. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 14
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsSigns and Street lightsLights to brighten our street and street signs consume large amount of energy.This energy is drawn from electric providers that use conventional fossil fuels. Toreduce the demand for this type of energy source, signs and street lights can beinstalled with solar power systems that store power during the day and use it tolight the streets at night. Many cities have solar panels attached to their streetlights to save money and reduce fossil fuel burning.Other Recreational ApplicationsRVs and marine vehicles require small amount of power which are drawn from itsengine. This consumes fuel and emits greenhouse gases. To reduce fuelconsumption and greenhouse gases emission, owners prefer charging theirbatteries with solar panels. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 15
    • Learn How To Make Solar Panels Chapter 4 Five Good Reasons to Do It Yourself 1. It is Easy.- Thousands of regular people have gotten involved and have built their own power-producing solar panels. It is easier than you think! 2. You Will Save Lots of Money.- Both on your energy bills and by paying a tiny fraction of the normal retail price for solar panels. 3. Go Green.- As well as saving money, you are helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. 4. Save Energy.- You can slash your energy bills by 80% or even eliminate them completely. 5. It is Fun.- It is an enjoyable weekend project that will have your friends lined up asking how the heck you did it!, Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 16
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsChapter 5 Get Help From Someone Who is ExperiencedMark Wells has put a guide together to show the average person just how easyit is to build their own solar panels at home instead of spending thousands ofdollars on a commercial retail system.In this easy to follow guide you will find many pictures and video instructions tohelp you make your panel. The guide has been developed to make things aseasy as possible. If you need help along the way, just email him and he will getback to you with a well researched answer.Part of this guide teaches how to wire together individual solar cells to make upan entire solar panel.The solar panels out DC power which then connects to a battery (or batterybank) to store it, and an inverter to change the current to AC. This is the type ofelectricity that you need for powering home appliances, lighting, etc. Whensolar panels are added together, you can generate as much power as youneed. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 17
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsThe system you will make is quite scalable, you only need to add panels andbatteries depending on the amount of power that you would like to generate,there’s no limit.Most of the components needed to make your own solar power system can bepurchased at your local hardware store. Some parts (like the individual cells tomake up the panel) can be bought at specialty shops or online. (eBay is thecheapest).Inside the membership area, you’ll get access to a parts list and the best placesto buy each part.Mark Wells states:“ Since beginning my quest for information, to creating my first panel, I havebecome a kind of D.I.Y. Solar Expert and have made it my mission to showothers just how easy it is to utilize the free power of the sun.”The My Solar Plans Guide is sold Risk Free – which means that he will give you60 full days to try it.If you don’t like it, then just shoot Mark an email within the 60 days… and he willgive you 100% of your money back no questions asked. Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 18
    • Learn How To Make Solar PanelsTo learn how you too can start building your own solar-powered system pleasevisit the Make You Own Solar Panels site here to watch an informing video.To your success on your money-saving quests! Copyright © Alternative-EnergyPower.com 19