Building a solar PV system is not difficult if you have the proper instructions and the right building materials. Once you are able to build one solar panel, you gain the know-how to build other types of panel systems such as for your RV, boat, or portable solar storage generators that you can carry with you on camping trips.
The main reservation people have when looking to build their own solar power sources is the price. People think that it costs a lot to build a solar PV system. With many solar installations, this is indeed the case. It can cost on average $6-7 per watt of solar electricity. This means that an average 100watt solar panel costs 600 to 700 dollars.
A solar panel system is nothing more than an array of solar cells all designed to collect the power of the sun. Sunlight in the form of photons is absorbed by the solar cells and bumps electrons via the photoelectric effect. This creates a current of electricity that can be tapped to power your household.
Building your own solar can turn out to be a third of the price of normal commercial systems. This means that you are making a very wise investment decision that can pay off many times over the course of the panel’s lifetime. Being that solar panels retain 80% efficiency over an average of 25 years, this means that there is a significant electricity cost reduction over the lifetime of the panel.
Many incentives are in place to help homeowners make the leap to renewable energy.