Your Questions About Solar Panels For Your Home

Daniel asks…

Can I build solar panels from scratch?

I have seen a lot of DIY information on making your own solar panels. I have even purchased a couple of them. However, they have not been very helpful in the fact that they either call for buying tons of broken peices and putting them together, or buying each cell and building the frame, and wiring it together. I have a 14'X60′ Mobile home with the flat roof on it. It is in full sunlight 3/4 of every day. I am looking for an inexpensive way to build my own solar panel using the entire roof. I am not looking for the most efficient, because I have plenty of size to work with. I do not have a lot of electrical needs. I am on some medical machines though, if it werent for them I would probably just let the electric go and buy a propane fridge and stove and call it good. I do not want to spend a bunch of money on books either so please no advertisements on where to buy books on this subject. I have very little resources in the way of money or else I would just pay the electric bill, my electric company is 1/4 renewable energy anyway. So if anyone knows of a way to build this, or knows where I can get a book or website for free. please let me know. Thank you,
I have most of what I need. I have the inverter, the regulator and the wiring, what I do not have is the know how on how they built the first ones. I have seen some info. on the web. But not enough to even get me started. I am looking for how they made them back in the 50's and 60's when it took massive amounts of space. Because space I have, money I do not. Back then the parts would have costed a lot, but I am betting the parts are pretty cheap by todays standards since they would not be used for solar panels. They came up with the crystals sometime in the 60's if my memory serves me. I am looking for instructions for the ones before that. I know I can not get more than an 8% yeild, but since I have the room to use, why not use it, if I can get the parts cheap enough to make it doable?

ssadmin answers:

Other than the suggestion of buying surplus/used units that people are removing to get better efficiency – and I would think cities/towns might be more reliable in this area unless you make contact with a reliable club or group in your area (shipping being a factor)
The simple fact is that you are talking a huge area and the cost of solar cells has not come down that much and the labor in assembling the bits and pieces is still fairly high. The high early cost was the very costly equipment and its problems in making pure silicon disks – and there is no way you can do that part economically.

Lisa asks…

How do you mount a solar panel to the roof of a motor home?

I just bought a 100Watt PV panel and was curious how this is done. I don't want it flying off the roof when I'm going 75MPH down the freeway. I also don't want to pay $100 for a few pieces of aluminum. Some of those mount prices are highway robbery! Am I supposed to put a board under the panel for strength? They seem very fragile. I'd appreciate your help. Thanks for reading.

ssadmin answers:

If you just want to mount it flat on the roof (with a little gap under it for airflow), use the Unirac RV mounting feet for $20. Http://www.altestore.com/store/Solar-Panel-Mounts-Trackers/RV-Specialty-Solar-Panel-Mounting/Unirac-990009-RV-Mounting-Feet-Set-4-U-MF-4/p3931/

The more expensive RV mounting systems allow you to tilt the panel once you are parked to increase the output, but these flat mount feet are very popular and easy to use.

Charles asks…

How many solar panels do I need for a 3,000 square foot home?

I have been considering taking the plunge and buying solar panels to largely replace my dependency on the grid. I live in a 3,000 sq ft house and I'm thinking about mounting them in the ground in the back yard which is large and gets plenty of sun (more so than the house with has large trees around it). Does anyone have any experience with purchasing solar panels? What kind did you get? How much did they cost? How effective were they in reducing your dependency on the grid and lowering energy costs?

ssadmin answers:

It is not so much the size of the house as it is the energy that is used.
If you are already living there, then you can look at your old power bills to get an idea of how much power you will need.
The amount of power you need may be reduced after going through your house and lifestyle with an energy audit.
The next stp to how many panels is how efficient each panel is (the more efficient more expensive). If you have plenty of room you may be tempted to go with least expensive panels. But then you will need more racking and wiring.

Carol asks…

10 Points for whoever can answer these tree science questions CORRECTLY?

1. Which of the following is a nonrenewable resource? (Points : 1)
coal
sunlight
wind
water power

2. How can water be used for energy? (Points : 1)
by having more windows in your home
by using solar panels
by using sunlight passively or actively
by placing dams in tidal areas

3. Which of the following is not a fossil fuel? (Points : 1)
natural gas
copper
coal
petroleum

ssadmin answers:

Tree Science:

Trees receive an estimated 90% of their nutrition from the atmosphere and only 10% from the soil.

Trees grow from the top, not from the bottom as is commonly believed. A branch's location on a tree will only move up the trunk a few inches in 1000 years.

No tree dies of old age. They are generally killed by insects, disease or by people. California Bristlecone Pines and Giant Sequoias are regarded as the oldest trees and have been known to live 4,000 to 5,000 years.

Jenny asks…

123 Cheap Solar on Alex Jones Show? NOT Solutions for Science, anyone know that url?

I listen to Alex Jones every day. Last week there was a commercial
for 123 cheap solar panels or something to that effect. It's supposed
to to show you a way to make your own, cheap solar panels at home
for less than $200.

I was listening to the show today so I could wright down the exact
domain name for that, but didn't hear that commercial 🙁
Does any infowarrior know that cheap solar panel url?
btw, it's NOT ‘Solutions for Science' solar back-up generator,
it's a do-it-yourself solar panel course.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

ssadmin answers:

Actually, the correct url is in the source-box below.
I also listen to Jones pretty much everyday.
That commercial also had a toll-free 1-800 number,
but unless it's replayed sometime in the future, not
sure what that exact # is. The actual url is –
w w w . 123cheapsolarcom . C o m

It's a diy instruction manual on constructing your
own solar panels from home at minimal cost,
for less than $200 USD. As Jones always says –
“The Government doesn't own The Sun”… At
least… Not yet o__O Hope that helps

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