Jun 222010

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More and more people each and every day now realize that we must look to alternative energy sources for the future. The easiest ones to tap into by far are the sun and the wind. That is why DIY Solar Power has soared in popularity. It used to be that homeowners had to fork out thousands and thousands of dollars to manufacturers for solar power.

They still are incredibly expensive but what has changed now is that people can build and install their own solar panels. And it can be done for a fraction of the cost. The process sounds complex, but in actuality to build a solar panel is quite simple. Once more, it can be done using tools and materials purchased at your local home improvement center.

Anyone that commits the time and effort can do it regardless of their skill sets. DIY solar power enthusiasts are a community of sorts and help each other through forums on the Internet as well as in other ways. Homeowners are finding that going green also has the unintended yet still pleasant feeling that there are doing something positive.

The amount of money saved on electricity bills is staggering. Another benefit is that the home’s value goes up. Breakthroughs in technology make building and installing solar power systems possible. It’s made of solar cells, batteries and mounts. It all begins by building solar cells.

The rays of the sun are then converted into electricity by the individual cells. Wiring themselves together when they’re completed forms the panel. It is the cells working in tandem that creates a functioning panel. The process produces a photovoltaic solar panel. Photovoltaic is a fancy way of saying that the sun’s rays is converted into electricity. Installing it would be the final step of the process.

Electricity can be either stored for later use, sold to the utility company or of course, used by the homeowner. Technically, it isn’t really sold at all. What happens is that the house is wired to the electrical grid and the homeowner sends their excess electricity to the utility company.

The homeowner in return receives credits off of their electric bill. They call it going off the grid one enough power is generated to be self-sufficient. Sounds pretty appealing doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Not only does DIY Solar Power save money, but it is also eco-friendly.

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