With the exploding cost of electricity, the dropping price for solar power technology, and the increasing need to lower humanity’s environmental footprint, a rooftop solar system has obvious appeal. But when you call a solar power contractor for an estimate, the up-
That’s why it’s even more attractive to install your own solar system rather than paying someone else to do it. And if you can actually m ake the solar panels themselves, you’ll save even more. There are a number of guides available online to building your own solar panels. Many of the crap guides are free. My Solar Plans by Mark Wells is not; Mark charges just under $50 for his e-
The website was first registered by Heath Sanchez on 3rd July 2009. His details are listed as;
Address: 22 Woodview Road, Springfield, New South Wales 2250, Australia
Phone: +61 0240171234
The most irritating thing about My Solar Plans is actually the web site (mysolarplans.com). When you first go to this website, you are put into a video presentation with a guy with a thick (but understandable) Australian accent describing the product. There is no way to skip the presentation and get into the meat of it.
Once the presentation is done, the web site puts you into an ordering screen where you can order the e-
The video explains that the guide comes with a complete no-
So are the plans any good? On the whole, yes: this is a good, easy-
The guide presents all of the tools and materials you’ll need, how to shop for photovoltaic solar cells (the working component of domestic solar panels) online to get the best prices, and what steps to take to make the panels and put them together into a system.
As the video makes clear, making your own solar panels and installing your own system can be a fair amount of work. However, it can also save a lot of money compared to having the system commercially installed.
A system that might cost $15,000 fully installed would require outlays of less than $5,000 if you do it yourself from start to finish. Most of the tools are things that any homeowner would probably have already. A soldering iron is the main likely exception. You might also have to buy clamps, eye protectors, a long-
All of this information is available online for free, but you have to look for it and it might not be in such a convenient format. For those who aren’t heavily armed with technical knowledge and electronics skill already, and who are willing to put in the time to learn the techniques and build your solar system, it’s probably a good investment.