Self-made Solar Panels – is this Possible?

Converting to solarpower is an ideal way to improve the worth of a home. Not only does solar drastically reduce a lifetime of costs but it reduces the consumption of natural resources for many generations to come.


Furthermore, many people are opting for a sustainable community by going green. In fact, is a sustainable living environment is one of the fastest growing enterprises today. Adding solarpower to a home will attract future buyers and increase its value.

Although the initial investment of solarpower may be expensive it will drastically reduce electric usage and other utilities. Once solar is installed the price is set. Additionally, selfmade solar panels can lower costs even more.

It is conceivable to construct effective selfmade solar panels. Yet investigating sources like the Internet for guides and instruction often leads to mistaken securities. Oftentimes an advertisement guide for building solarpower will have confusing information on how easy it is to make your own solar panels. Although most guides are very informative with step by step instructions, selfmade solar panels do require devoted time and work.

Equally, there are various do it yourself (DYI) guides that are designed for the experienced solorpower builder as well as the inexperienced. Some DYI guides can be found at a very reasonable price and some are actually free. Generally the paid guides are recommended since they have more detailed instruction. Additionally, a paid guide will often have support, FAQ’s and member forums if you have questions.

The Solar Panel

In basic descriptions, the solar panel is a box that is comprised of a collection of solar cells. It is the solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. To produce power a lot of solar cells are needed. Additionally, solar cells are extremely fragile and can break easily. To protect the cells and produce enough useful power for energy they are placed in a panel.

Most panels, for a variety of design reasons, contain 32 to 36 individual solar cells. A 36 cell panel gives more voltage than a 32 cell panel. The higher voltage is useful if you are designing a panel for a location that tends to have a lot of cloud cover, as the panel can produce more watts with less sun.

Overall Needs for Building a Solar Panel

Since a single solar panel produces limited amount of power you will need an array of panels. Furthermore, the cells must be electrically connected to each other and to the whole system including each panel. In addition, an inverter that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) and interconnection wires are needed. As well, occasionally a battery is needed.

Depending on the design, it takes anywhere from 32 to 36 individual solar cells to build a panel. Typically, a higher voltage is needed if you live in a geographic area that has little sunlight. The 36 cell panel will produce more watts with less sun.

Investing in Solar Cells

When buying solar cells it is imperative that the cells are shipped in way that reduces damage since they are particularly fragile. Some sellers dip stacks of cells into wax to stabilize them and reduce damage when shipping. But one drawback is that the wax is very difficult to remove and you may end up breaking far too many cells in the process.

It is also important to buy cells that have metal tabs on them for it will save a great deal of time and money. Solar cells need to be attached to a lead for an electrical connection and cells with tabs provide that lead. Without a tab you have to solder a connection to the cells conductive strips to create a lead. As well, attaching a tab to a cell increases the risk of breakage.

One of the biggest problems in building selfmade solar panels is not only finding solar cells but obtaining them at a reasonable price. New solar cell can be rather expensive to purchase and difficult to find in large quantities. Imperfect or damaged solar cells can be found on the Internet on sites like Amazon or Ebay at a much cheaper price. Yet low-priced solar cells are sometimes not the best quality. By the same token, substandard solar cells can be used to make selfmade solar panels that would probably be sufficient.

Potomac College Announces Student Laptop Purchase Program

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 04, 2013

Potomac College announces a groundbreaking program designed to assist students who cannot otherwise afford a computer.

Potomac College, working in conjunction with an exclusive computer vendor, is providing access to computers that allows a savings to students through a discount purchase program. This program, offered exclusively to Potomac College students, delivers the latest technology laptops to students concerned they do not have sufficient devices to complete assigned coursework.

Dr. Laura Palmer Noone, CEO of Potomac College states, In our current economic conditions, we are pleased to be able to continue to find avenues to keeping student costs down while still being able to ensure they have the proper tools to help them be successful in their academic pursuits.”

For more information about Potomac College, please call 888-635-1121 or visit

About Potomac College

Potomac College was founded in 1991 and offers programs leading to the Associate of Science and the Bachelor of Science degrees that are in high demand fields. Most recently, Potomac College launched its first Masters degree program Master of Business Administration.

The educational philosophy of Potomac College is to address the needs and learning styles of a diverse community of learners through the structure of its academic programs that integrate classroom theory and relevant practical experience. Potomac College offers flexible class schedules, as well as location convenience: Washington, D.C. Campus, Vienna, VA Campus, and Online.

Potomac College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other consumer important information, please visit our website at

New Year, New Home: Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties Offers Simple Steps for Relocating with Ease

(PRWEB) January 02, 2013

For many people, the New Year represents a chance at a new beginning. This often involves making a few changes in life including, for some, moving to a new home. Whether upgrading to a larger property in a neighboring town or relocating to a new city or state altogether, moving can be a complicated process. Beyond finding a home, there are many factors to consider – employment opportunities, the general feel of the community and, of course, the physical aspects of a move such as packing and changing ones address.

The professionals at Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties recommend the below simple steps for relocating with ease: