Homemade solar panels

People are quickly becoming aware of the dire consequences of global warming. These are the people who are sincerely interested in helping out in their own little way. But what actually thwart their efforts are some baseless rumors that nip the bud of change even before it has had the chance to turn into a seedling.

For example, solar panels are too expensive; or it takes a decade to deliver some practical worth or that they are too inefficient to work on cloudy days. This article is an earnest attempt to dispel these wrong notions and offer the latest on the technological front of solar power innovation.

1. First, the technology required to build a homemade solar panel is available for less than $200; the technology too is efficient enough to deliver on all types of days and in all kinds of places, sunny or not so sunny.

2. The information available in the DIY kit is illustrative enough for any one to easily apply and build a homemade solar panel.

3. Smaller commercial versions of the original solar panels ensure that, they suit the need of those with limited roof space.

4. A homemade solar panel is portable too, so you can take them anywhere you want and generate unlimited green energy.
So in case you are serious about reducing your energy footprint, switch to a homemade solar panel and see how your energy bill plummets.


A Solar cell is probably only 10 or 12 CMs square. This is the component that collects sunlight (Photons) and converts it to electricity.

One solar cell only makes about .5 or 1/2 a volt but connecting multiple cells in series you can get 12 volts and up to18 Volts of power.

A solar panel has multiple solar cells in it in a grid that are connected to each other in series; the final outlet is the maximum voltage that can be attained.


This is just a quick overview of how to go about making a homemade solar panel.

You need to be a bit of a handyman, can you solder? Are you any good at carpentry?

It is probably better if you have a little electronics knowledge but not essential.


First you will need some solar cells; either second hand or new doesn’t really matter. You can get then in packs of forty or more from such sites as eBay or do an online Google search.

These are the most expensive component. You can expect to pay $400.00 or more for these but compared to the price of one single solar panel, that is cheap.

Some chipboard and some pine framing. Lastly you will need some Plexiglas, also known as Perspex.

You are better off using Lexan which is bullet proof clear plastic or a shower screen which is also very strong glass.


I won’t be giving you complete instructions here, just a general idea of how to go about it. So you will be prepared and able to decide if it is worth the effort to make your own panels.

Please keep in mind that homemade panels may not be eligible for Government energy subsidies or rebates such as Australia’s RECS program (RECS – Renewable Energy Certificates Scheme).

You start off by making a wooden box similar to a painting frame probably one meter square but the size of the cells you purchase will determine the size of your frame.

Frame the outside with 1.5 CM square pine and divide it down the centre with the same size pine.

You will be attaching your cells to the wooden frame with silicone gutter sealant or similar product and soldering them to each other in series so they will ultimately be joined.

Finally you will cover the lot with your clear plastic or Plexiglas. An outlet will have a standard 240 volt lead coming out to where you attach your 12 volt appliance or 12 volt battery for charging.

When you have finished using your appliance (if connected to a battery) you must disconnect it from the panel otherwise the panel will draw current away and eventually drain your battery, you can avoid this by putting a blocking diode in place.

The diode stops electricity from going back out the panels. Further information can be found by doing a Google search on homemade solar panels

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