DIY Solar System
How To Make A Solar Panel On A Tight Budget - If you are interested in learning how to make a solar panel, then you are probably interested in either saving money over the long term, being more eco-friendly, or both. Either way, those are good enough reasons for wanting to know how to build a solar panel.
One of the keys to Matt's net-zero home is a south-facing roof. For just $19,000 he was able to line the entire south side of it with solar panels that now power everything in the house and even the car in the driveway. "We took out a 5-percent loan for the solar," he says. "And in three years, the solar loan will be paid off and we’ll have no utility bill for the rest of our lives. Look at our current energy bill, actually, and you’ll see we made $88 last month." (Photo courtesy Matt Grocoff)
This narrow house in southern Australia spans a creek with only four small concrete piers, for minimal disruption. Framed with locally grown plantation pine and clad in recyclable sheet steel, the 1,184-square-foot passive solar home has operable windows and ceiling fans that eliminate the need for air conditioning. Solar panels provide hot water and electricity, and wastewater is treated and fed back into the ground.