diy solar panels
In 2009, when I needed to install a new roof on my house, I studied installing the roof where I could generate electricity using photovoltaic solar tiles.
Part of the reason I\'m installing solar panels at home is due to concerns about my carbon footprint and climate change.
The other part is to understand the available technologies that are similar to the ones I use at work.
I am a physics professor and my field of study is particle physics.
We use detectors made of silicon to track where the particles are going after a collision.
These silicon detectors use the same principle as solar photovoltaic panels.
For Silicon sensors in particle physics detectors, you need very pure silicon to observe very small electronic signals.
Solar panel photovoltaic panels can be much cheaper than solar sensors for particle physics detectors, but this is still a limiting factor in the price of solar panels.
I found that the price of the photovoltaic roof tiles is far more than the top, so I turned to thinking about installing panels on the roof.
It must be noted that before you invest in solar energy, you should make full use of the low cost and most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint ---
This is protection.
I have made sure my house has good insulation and bought an energy source-
Efficient air conditioning/furnace unit using compact fluorescent lamps (
Now you should use led)
Water heater demand that pays off in three years of energy costs.
As a result, the average daily electricity consumption of my three bedroom house is less than 20 KW hours.
Keeping track of your usage and seeing where it is instructive to you.
I use a lot of electricity now, including the refrigerator.
Except in rare cases, I stopped using an electric clothes dryer because it did use a lot of power.
In my South, there are an average of five sunny hours per day per year.
Facing the roof of the garage, I decided to take a 1.
The capacity of solar panels is 75 KW.
This will then provide 1.
75 KW * 5 hours, equal to 8.
The electricity at 75 KW hours a day is almost half what I use.
At that time, the price I paid for the full installation after the federal tax offer (
No tax breaks in Kansas)
$6 per installation Watt.
Now, for this size installation, it will cost about $4 per installation Watt.
For larger installations, the price per watt has dropped to less than three dollars.
Part of the cost of the inverter.
This converts the DC voltage into the AC voltage used by your house and other power grids.
To get this done, I could have built one myself for less than $100, but it was actually $1,500 because of the license fee.
I decided to put my electricity directly on the grid without a spare battery (
It will cost another $2,000).
Then the fun began.
I didn\'t realize at the time that I would be the first to reach an agreement with my power company to \"sell\" my power to their people.
I had to get the city to have a meeting with the engineers at the power company to figure out what they needed.
After three months, I finally started running.
Kansas did not have a net metering at the time, so I only received about two cents per kilowatt hour of electricity, while I paid about 11 cents per hour for receiving electricity.
Now I get paid as much as I pay.
I am very satisfied with my solar panel.
For me, the return time is long, not the one who installed it now.
Last year, I made more electricity than I bought for six months and only paid the mandatory nine-dollars-per-
Monthly fee to the power company.
I hope more people will consider making solar energy themselves.