There may be people you know who will give you this advice: Build your own solar panels. With the ever increasing cost of electricity, it is the right decision for homeowners to find alternative sources of energy and solar panels could be one of them.
Before you build your own solar panels, first consider the advantages of solar energy. Solar panels can save you money in the long run.
Energy coming from the sun is free and therefore once installation is done, you don’t have to pay for electricity anymore especially if the power generated from the solar panels is enough for all your electricity needs. Solar energy is clean, sustainable and renewable. You are not affected by the rising cost of fuels because you are not dependent on its supply and demand. Solar panels are environment friendly. They do not emit carbon dioxide, mercury or sulphur dioxide. They are also maintenance free. Regular cleaning of the solar panel surface is the only maintenance needed.
Also before you build your own solar panels, you should also consider the disadvantages of solar energy. The primary disadvantage of solar panels is that installation can be tricky if you are not in sunny location. For it to be efficient, it requires a large space for installation. Additional components may be needed when sunlight does not directly hit the solar panels. A net metering or a battery backup system may be necessary if there’s thick air pollution in the area or there’s a presence of clouds. These obstacles are easily fixed with careful planning.
Before you build your own solar panels, you should also consider its advantages over buying commercially produced solar panels. Switching to renewable solar energy can reduce the electric bill dramatically. If you build your own solar panels, installation costs can be greatly reduced also. The only requirements in building your own solar panels are technical skills and simple tools.
To build your own solar panels, you are also exposed to the opportunity of personal learning. Since you are the one who will build your own solar panels, you can acquire knowledge and understanding of your energy system better. You need not hire a technician because you can troubleshoot the system yourself.
With this great opportunity to build your own solar panels, you have the freedom to customize.
Because you know your own home, you can decide where to put your solar panels. Should you decide to put them on the roof, you can line every inch of your whole roof with the solar cells. Commercially produced solar panels do not give you this much freedom. Building your own solar panels can only take you one to two days depending on your skill.
Another advantage you must know before you build your own solar panels is that doing so can give you a sense of fulfillment. It is your own solar panel in your own home and you did them on your own. The sense of accomplishment is greater than when you just mount those ready-made solar panels.