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Small solar panels – Start Making your Dream Home an Eco-Friendly!
- by Francis Mwendo
Various organizations around the world are finding better ways to encourage and support the efforts of common household community in adapting to environment friendly measures. This measures supports and deals with climate change and the same moment reduce the dependence on remnant fuels.
Within the same time the world wide critical situation is making common people thinks of investing their money in a better way and adding value to their household by installing eco-friendly devices. These devices, like small solar panels in turn bring in a gush of significance in eco-measures. Small scale renewable energy is highly reliable and safe irrespective of the economic scenarios.
Various kind of small solar panels are available in the market. They can be used for different purposes like battery charging, opening electric gates and even in small boats.
These Small solar panels are available in the market in various ranges of costs. A ready made kit will be available in any electronic shop and can be bought by paying about $140 for a small 10 watt kit. If you can pay around $360 you can get a larger 28 watt small solar panel kit.
A 28 watt small solar panel kit can even power your laptop.
Most people use this renewable form of energy in order to reduce their electricity bills. The small solar panels of 60 watt can actually serve this purpose since it can power your lights and any other small domestic electrical device.
In order to buy a kit of 60 watt small solar panels you need to spend around $630 if you buy it from a local store. Whereas if you make it yourself you might have to spend a bit more than $100. There are many websites where the exact process has been explained.
The best part is once you have created your first panel you can follow the process in order to make larger panels too and that will help you generate more electricity.
Governments around the world are trying there best to start with various plans and motivations to help common man take the first step and begin generating their own electricity. So you can always go ahead and take a look at the internet for reference and start making your dream home an eco-friendly one with small solar panels.
I’d like to have Christmas holiday lights on my gate but the distance is far, so would like to convert lights for use with solar collectors. Any ideas and/or instructions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Here is a top of the line brand for about 30 bucks.
They are everywhere and of hundreds of brands. Cheapies to high dollar brands. I have bought a few of the cheap inverters before for about the same price as the good brand names. I really think you should get a little better brand then a walmart or kmart brand. Or you will just be buying a new one every few months to replace the cheapie that just quit working like a light bulb that burnt out with no warning.
Some companies have special programs for schools that combine cost savings with education. Rather than buying the equipment outright, they install the equipment on the school and sell the power to the school at a set rate, less than they currently buy it from the electric company. This is a Solar Power Purchase Agreement or PPA. Therefore there is little to no capital output to install. They also provide a curriculum to help teach the students about solar.
Check out Borrego Solar at http://www.borregosolar.com/schools/ or SunEdison at http://www.sunedison.com/
We don’t have enough money right now to buy capacity for the whole house, which would probably require about 12 kilowatts. However, I would like to start buying panels toward building up toward that.
But I want to buy the most solar panel for the least price. I think that piecing a lot of very small panels together will be a very expensive way to do it.
1) Reduce usage first. For every $1 you spend on conservation, that’s about $4 less you need to spend on your solar system. It costs less to use less electricity than to make your own.
2) Research solar hot water. Solar hot water is ~ 85% efficient, as opposed to ~20% for solar electric. You get a better bang for your buck installing solar thermal than solar electric.
3) Install solar electric. Prices for solar panels have dropped dramatically this year as the demand in Europe has dropped and people are having trouble getting home equity loans in the US. You can get better pricing if you buy by the pallet (depending on the panel, 20 – 30 panels). You are right that you don’t need to generate all that you use, and if you do steps 1 and 2, you’ll be using less anyways.
I need it for a school project 30% exam marks… full instructions appreciated. =) Thanks
You can use this system to power up basically any appliance you have in your home: fridge, washing machine, computer, TVs, lights.
Moreover, you can even take this with yourself when you go camping, because it’s highly portable.
if the solar panel was designed for 10 watts, can it go above that if the light of the sun was really at it’s maximum ?
Yes. solar panels are rated under standard test conditions (STC). If the sun is stronger than that rate, and/or the temperature is cooler than the standard, then the panel can put out more than it is rated.
Or is there anything else i can do with one or more of those small solar panels from a calculator
Nope. You are missing about three orders in power there. Of course you can charge your PSP from solar cells. But the required solar charger would be quite a bit larger than the device itself, only work on sunny days and generally not give a good user experience.
You would have to pay upfront capital
then propery taxes and replace the battery every few yrs.
But still if you had enough solar panels I wonder if you could
live off the money you would get from the electric company
when you sell your power to them?
The payback period of solar system depends on the cost of power in the desired location. Its 20 years at best for a grid tied system. Most large companies make a profit by selling their green tags.
Also, a grid tied solar system doesn’t use batteries. If you would like to learn more about solar systems visit:
Has anybody tried the new small wind turbines and / or solar panels now available from large DIY stores?
The sad thing about solar panels is they don’t easily work with combi boilers although I suppose you couls have a pre-heat cylinder between the incoming mains and the boiler. I see many negative comments about wind turbines. I don’t think we get many days with no wind at all so there should be some gain during the day as well as during the night. Fridges and freezers are on all the time as are stand-by systems on tv,video etc and it is here that the savings could be made.
maintenance ,I wonder
My real question is are windfarms a scam
For individual benefit, the solar panels are all that will work for most households.
As for wind farms, I don’t know if it would be profitable to build one and sell the electricity at wholesale, unless there was a government incentive. If someone is trying to court you as an investor in a wind farm, I’d stay away.