By Eric Smith
With excessive strength expenditures and a warming planet that wishes cleanser gasoline assets, the time hasn't ever been higher to become involved with solar power. and also you need not spend $50,000 to coat your place with an array of panels to take part. This e-book comprises initiatives that you should make and set up to start developing your personal sunlight way of life. From an easy sunlight oven which could prepare dinner a roast in a number of hours to a standalone sunlight water heater, this publication offers directions for sun-powered gear you can also make and set up by yourself. you will see the right way to mount small photovoltaic panels on a roof, convey strength to lighting fixtures in a distant shed or storage, and create a sun nonetheless that purifies water with out eating strength. A wooden kiln, a battery charging station, and supplementary warmth resources on your domestic are only many of the different tasks during this book. Read more...
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Photovoltaic systems start with a few simple connections, then grow in complexity with the size of the array. You don’t need to understand all the components of a large system right away—just grab a small panel and aim it at the sun, and the rest will fall into place. Assembling a Solar Electric System Solar electric power is fascinating, exciting, and-as anyone who’s browsed through the catalogs and websites can attest-kind of confusing. A solar panel wired directly to a fan or a light makes sense: sunlight is converted directly to power, much like the way sunlight is converted to heat.
Mounting Solar Panels Mounting solar panels so that they’ll stay in place through weather, high winds and ground movement for 25 years or more is probably the most demanding part of any installation. With so much surface area the panels can catch gusts of wind almost as well as a sail. They also need to hold up against rain, seasonal movement, snow loads, hail and whatever else nature throws against them. They must be securely mounted and well-anchored to the roof, ground, or side of the house with rust-resistant metal poles and rack systems, and the best stainless-steel hardware, and they should be checked periodically for loose fasteners.
Charging the larger 6-, 12- and 24-volt batteries used for off-grid and backup power can get a little more complicated, with unique maintenance and use requirements. If you’re interested in setting up an off-grid system, talk to an expert or the people who sell the solar equipment about recommended batteries. Large battery assemblies for off-grid living are expensive, and if they’re not properly maintained they can fail quickly. A Few Important Points to Remember about Batteries • Batteries sold for cars are designed to pump out a lot of power quickly, but will rapidly break down if used for long periods of low power output, so they can’t be used for an off-grid power source.
DIY solar projects : how to put the sun to work in your home by Eric Smith