Download PDF by Eric Smith: DIY solar projects : how to put the sun to work in your home

By Eric Smith

ISBN-10: 1589236033

ISBN-13: 9781589236035

With excessive strength charges and a warming planet that wishes purifier gasoline assets, the time hasn't ever been larger to get entangled 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 contains tasks so that you can make and set up to start developing your individual sunlight way of life. From an easy sun oven which can cook dinner a roast in a few hours to a Read more...

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With excessive strength expenses and a warming planet that wishes purifier gasoline resources, the time hasn't ever been larger to get entangled with solar power. and also you needn't spend $50,000 to coat your place with an array of panels to take part. This e-book contains initiatives so you might make and set up to start developing your individual sunlight way of life.

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Needless to say, it’s important that the panels face the sun as directly as possible and get at least six hours per day—without shading—year-round. Spend some time on research and observation before you proceed with installation to avoid putting up panels that only get sufficient sun for half the year. Solar panel dealers can recommend mounting systems for the panels they sell, but the following pages will give you a basic overview, along with some ideas for a simple mounting system you can build yourself.

System monitor. A system monitor tracks power consumption and will let you know if your batteries are getting dangerously low (fully discharging a deep-cycle battery will shorten its life). Although this back-country cabin only has a small number of panels, they generate power all week, providing plenty of energy for a cabin used only on weekends. This small, energy-efficient modern house uses PV panels for power. Energy is conserved with energy-efficient appliances, extra insulation, a light-colored roof to deflect heat, and louver-shaded windows.

The house is over a hundred years old, but the PV panels and the solar hot water collector in the background complement the architecture perfectly. Silicon-From Raw Material to Solar Cell Photovoltaic panels made from polycrystalline silicon (top) have a visibly flaky appearance and are less expensive than monocrystalline cells (above). Both are covered by a panel of tempered glass in front and a plastic panel in the rear. The initial investment required to be self-sufficient in energy is significant, but so is the reward of being able to live off-grid with all the modern comforts.

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