Take a drive through any big city and see for yourself how reliant we have become on electricity. Most things we do, whether it be at our jobs on the computer or at home watching television are somewhat linked to the use of electricity. At times you just ask yourself if it is ever enough!
We Have Options
There are some people out there that have got quite worried that we are so reliant on the Major Power Companies. I feel it is important for us to be self sufficient so I researched solar panels and their uses for an end result of living off the grid.The main details of your research should show you how to live off the grid using solar power. To build your own solar panels, requires a lot less skill than most people think and the costs are also very reasonable.
Solar Power 101
So now we can get into some of the details about solar panels and more specifically how they function. Solar cells convert the radiant energy from the sun into a form of electricity that we are able to use for power. The combination of more than one array of photovoltaic cells in a grid like pattern is called a solar panel. When the sun is out, it gives off solar radiation which is picked up by the solar panels and electrical energy is produced. This energy can also be stored in a battery for use later on.
How Much Electrical Energy Can Be Produced By These Cells?
The amount of electrical energy produced is determined by the quality of the cells in the array, the types of materials that the cells have been created from and the amount (ie time) of solar exposure. One unfortunate fact about solar panels, more specifically solar cells, is that they become less efficient over time with use. Another obvious factor is the number of cells that you have connected together within the panel or panels. With that in mind, we can create a simple solar panel to power up a cell phone or create a very large solar cell array to power all the appliances in your home. When you get to this stage of solar electricity, you can then start living off the grid.
The next step for you is to find a diy solar project. There are many available and the good ones will actually give you the step by step process for creating your first solar panel. Now you need to find some reference materials. Search the internet for living off the grid or visit your local library. These resources will give you lots of material to review before you start out on that first project. Remember to start small and once you've mastered the building techniques, move on to larger scale projects. Good luck and have fun building your solar cells. You deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for doing your part to make the environment a better place.