Currently one of the more interesting DIY project that I am planning on doing would be the creation of my very own solar panel. Not many people know this, but the actual solar cells, from which solar panels are created, are quite cheap. And they are even more cheaper if you buy broken solar cells in bulk. Broken solar cells are factory defects which have a chip here or there, but they function just fine, with minimum loses of capacity when compared to a whole solar cell. I guess you could call what I do building a DIY solar panel on a budget.
I’m building my own solar panel – and so should you
So why exactly do commercial solar panels cost so much money when you buy them from a store? Well the reason why they are so expensive would be because of the casing for the solar cells, the materials that go into it and of course the cost of labor for putting it all together. For example, at a local store, a 250W solar panel, commercial one, will set you back about 180$. Cost of solar cells, the thing that actually generates power, is close to 50$.
I’m currently waiting for the solar cells to be delivered, so that I can officially start soldering, and making plans for my own casing. Goal is to keep the costs down to around 100$ per 250W capacity solar panel. That way, I’ll save around 1000$ on the planned 3kW solar panel installation that we would like to have. At the same time I’ll learn a useful skill, show my kids that your can do thing on your own, and they will also learn something, by watching me work or helping me out. I’ll post more updates soon as I’m starting work on the project. Hopefully YouTube videos like these will help me out.