How to make DIY solar power for my home?

I’m new to solar power, and I want to make solar power system for my home myself. is it possible and how much it would cost for me?

Best reply by Treasure Scavengers:

You will need to assess how much energy your home uses. If it is not build yet, that’s a little harder.

If you are on the grid currently take your total years usage of KW, and then divide that by 365, minus the number of average rain days you have per year. Then divide that number by 5 and that is how big of a solar farm you will need.

The most expensive part of any off grid system is the batteries.

We installed an on gird 4kw system for $16,000, in TN, no batteries. The system will earn the homeowner an extra $6800, on top of the return of investment.

Yes if you are a good DIYer, then yes you can grow your own solar farm, one panel at a time, it is not impossible, and not complicated,you just have to be smart and patient.

Going off grid is not cheaper, is it just added freedom and security.

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Any solar powered, ultrasonic squirrel deterrent that actually works?

A friend of mine has squirrels coming to her porch and digging up her plants. She has no electrical outlets on her porch, nor can she run a power cord to the porch, so she needs a solar powered, ultrasonic squirrel deterrent that will keep them away. She has tried fake owls, fake cats, spraying her plants with hot peppers liquid & powder, and has hung those “squirrel away” bags..but none of that has worked. All of the solar, ultrasonic squirrel deterrents on Amazon have horrible ratings..so does anyone know of any that actually work? Thank you in advance..and please..only recommendations where you KNOW the product works..and not just based on what you read.

Best reply by Dale-E:

Get a female cat. Let it keep kittens. Feed it the occasional squirrel when it is very young and hungry.
Solar powered and squirrel powered as well, OK?

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What items do I need for solar power?

I am unfamiliar with the whole solar power setup. I’m going camping and want something that will charge my Macbook (uses 60w charger cord). I know I need a panel at least 60w and an inverter to plug the charger into, but what other items do I need? I really only need to charge the laptop so what is lowest/cheapest solar kit I could get (wattage and voltage)? Any help would be great. And also would like to actually CHARGE the laptop, not just keep it alive until I take the charger out.

Best reply by Jim W:

Solar panel and power cables. The panels generate DC voltage, series them to increase voltage, parallel to increase the amperage. You will need also a voltage regulator for the panel array. Start at the library and get a book on panel design and use. Exact specification differ with the panel brands and models.

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Where can i buy a solar powered propeller for a model boat?

Where can i buy a solar powered propeller. Its for a science task which is going on a model boat about 20cm long so make sure it’s not too big.

Best reply by D g:

the motor on the boat doesnt have to be solar powered it can be any standard model boat motor..

you then find a solar power cell set that can be mounted on the boat maybe on the front deck or railings and that could be used to power the boat..

but remember most solar power systems have a battery to hold the charge because the sun is not out all the time…

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How much energy does solar power provide in the US?

What percent of energy in the US is produced by solar power? Also, is there any waste to dispose of?

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The US produces about 1,650 MW a year off of solar power. It also places the US 4th in the world’s solar industry. Many solar panels contain lead and cadmium, which are being phased out by computer manufacturers, is no small matter. In the coming years, SVTC estimates that 1.5 billion pounds of solar panel waste containing 2 million pounds of lead and 600,000 pounds of cadmium will be disposed of in California alone. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) is an organization that does more than any other to clean up electronics.

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How much energy does solar power provide in the US?

What percent of energy in the US is produced by solar power? Also, is there any waste to dispose of?

Best reply by Dan:

The US produces about 1,650 MW a year off of solar power. It also places the US 4th in the world’s solar industry. Many solar panels contain lead and cadmium, which are being phased out by computer manufacturers, is no small matter. In the coming years, SVTC estimates that 1.5 billion pounds of solar panel waste containing 2 million pounds of lead and 600,000 pounds of cadmium will be disposed of in California alone. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) is an organization that does more than any other to clean up electronics.

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Solar Panels Part Of The Future?

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Solar panels are those crazy little things you see on people’s houses. However, some people will look at these like the solar panels are something which is taking up space on the roof. These solar panels do take up quite … Continue reading

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Question on how to rig up a solar powered lamp?

So for this big science project, I decided to make a solar powered light. I’ve used broken solar sells and rigged up a series that reads at about 16 and a half volts. I’m going to hook this up to my 12 volt battery to make the circuit, but I’d like to know how/where I’d be wiring in the socket that I’ll be plugging in the lamp and lighting up my 12 volt light bulb with? Do I solder another wire from a solar cell that leads to the socket? I’m a sophomore in high school and haven’t taken physics yet so you’re most likely going to have to explain this to me like I’m five. Thanks!

Best reply by Fat, Old, Bearded, Bald Guy:

Go around to the nearest Radio Shack. or a HAM store…. they will have schematic diagrams for your use.

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If we want a renewable resource for a way to get transportation why not use solar power?

While driving down the street we are killing the environment. We could switch all of our cars to electrical and have them run off of solar-powered technology. Instead of having to charge/ recharge we could have it outside and run it during the day and use the battery at night as well. As for blind people that rely on the source of sound to cross the street safely we could install a noise like sound that sounds like a car to not confuse the blind. All-in-all It would be a great idea. Im sure it can get done considering that we already have electrical powered vehicles and houses that run on solar power energy. Gives your thoughts and/or reasons why this is a good or bad idea. Thanks!
As for places like Alaska and so on they could have the option of it charging through an outlet. As for you fathers project, when the H2O is separated from its molecules then it wouldn’t be reused throughout the water cycle.

Best reply by VooDooSubs:

Of course it’s a good idea, anything have to do with helping the enviroment is a way foward, but solar power is very inconsistant. If it’s raining and cloudy for several days, only 30-40% of sunlight could be getting through and that’s barely enough to charge a car battery. In other parts of the world, Alaska and Parts of Canada for example, they have 6 months of day and 6 months of night. Would it be fair to rid them of a vehicle for 6 months since there is no sunshine to charge the battery? And if you also had it set up to where it charges the battery in your house, that costs twice as much as buying a tank of gas. It’s a good idea, but has some flaws. My father is currently working on a car that will be powered by H20. Hopefully he makes something of it.

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How do solar powered calculators work?

Explain how a solar powered calculator works. My solar powered calculator also works with, light from a light bulb, how is this?

Best reply by billrussell42:

It takes very little power to run a calculator, and the output from a solar cell, even with room light, is enough for that.

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