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Offline tankman1989

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Make your own solar panels!
« on: October 22, 2008, 05:52:31 PM »
Here is a link to a very good HOW-TO on making your own solar panel. 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_60_Watt_Solar_Panel/

I found the cells that this guy used on Ebay for a really good price. He used 36 for us panel.  I found 100 cells for $245!  Also make sure they are TABBED!  This makes it easier for you to solder the wires to the cells. 

I may be making a couple panels in a few weeks.  If I do, I'll post how-to's, but I think the link I posted was pretty good and clear.

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 06:53:26 PM »
Thanks for sharing, I'm showing this to DH. 

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 02:23:36 AM »
Here is a link to a very good HOW-TO on making your own solar panel. 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_60_Watt_Solar_Panel/

I found the cells that this guy used on Ebay for a really good price. He used 36 for us panel.  I found 100 cells for $245!  Also make sure they are TABBED!  This makes it easier for you to solder the wires to the cells. 

I may be making a couple panels in a few weeks.  If I do, I'll post how-to's, but I think the link I posted was pretty good and clear.

+1

That's about the easiest how-to on solar panels I've ever seen.  I'm semi-convinced that even I could make one & I'm fired up to try it.  Thanks!

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008, 08:01:50 AM »
Not a "solar panel" but a true homebrewed tested passive heater...

http://altenergyandconservation.ritchieunlimitedpublications.com/PassvSolarHeatingPg.htm

I own the book, and if you're interested, I think the $4.95 pdf download is truly reasonable if only to get your brain working.

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 08:48:20 AM »
WOW!
I'm pumped up too!
I'll be checking Ebay soon.
Super Posters.  ;D

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009, 06:00:36 AM »
great site tons of info!!

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009, 06:21:30 AM »
I don't know how I missed this before. Great post! Thank you!

Definitely plus 1


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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009, 09:32:05 PM »
I was actually looking at that Instructables on Friday morning.  It really is a great how-to and it makes me think that even I could rig something like that up.  =-]

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Re: Make your own solar panels!
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2009, 06:19:32 AM »
 Nice info, but he left out the power inverter, wiring and the batteries.