Solar energy is the future of energy as we know it. Solar energy is "green" meaning it leaves no negative impact on the environment not to mention it is likely to be around for a couple billion more years, or so the experts say. Additionally, the fact that it's free, except for installation costs is another factor that will probably see many homeowners switching over to this form of energy source.
Many people are worried about the cost of solar panels, which is why they haven't yet made the switch from standard electricity providers to this form of clean energy. But, there is good news, solar panels are probably not as expensive as you might think, in fact you can even make your own solar panels at home with a little help from the internet and some basic household tools. The simplest type of solar panel to create can be made using items you may already own such as a screwdriver, saw, drill and a wooden container. You may also need some silicone caulking and/or wood glue to assemble the wooden container and attach the solar cells.
Solar panel systems aren't just a great way to save money, they are also a good way of helping to protect the environment. Most of the electricity being produced today is done through processes that have a significantly negative impact on the environment, through waste and pollution. On the flip side, producing electricity with solar panels is good for the environment, as there are no by-products or negative consequences for the environment. And because it uses the sunlight to create energy it's renewable, meaning it cannot become depleted. Even though the positive effects of clean energy on the environment might not be currently visible, the more they are used the better the environment will do. The effects in the long-term will be incredible and your children and grandchildren will feel the effects. But if we keep polluting how we are now, our grandchildren won't be able to see trees outside, they'll be in museums because we're doing a good job of destroying our planet.
If you are doing all of this yourself, it's important to remember that a solar panel is essentially a set of solar cells grouped within a container, which you will need to create for your solar panels. Containers can be made out of a wide range of materials but the one that most people prefer is wood because it is easier to work with. For the back of the solar panel, plywood is a great choice although there are many other types of wood that are also acceptable. It is recommended that you have some wood inside the box to separate the cells and hold them upright as well as a covering of plexiglass over the top too. Since sunlight needs to get into each cell, plexiglass coverings are perfect ways to protect the cells from the elements and still allow full sun exposure to the cells. It's important that you remember to drill a whole for the wires to be pulled out of. It is then necessary to connect the cells to one another via soldering.
Anyone can built a solar panel if you have some skills with tools. In no time at all you can have your own solar panel up and running.