Do-It-Yourself Solar-Panel Kit

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Breakthroughs in technology have made solar energy less expensive and easier to install. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to build one anymore. Do-it-yourself kits are available with all the materials you need to generate your own personal solar energy. Most solar-panels kits include a solar panel, charge controller, rechargeable battery and inverter.

Things You'll Need

  • Solar panel
  • #4-gauge electrical wires
  • Electrical tape
  • Charge controller
  • Wire stripper
  • Rechargeable battery
  • #2/0 welding cables
  • Inverter
  • Connect the positive electrical cable from the back of the solar panel to the positive input of the charge controller. Connect the negative electrical cable from the back of the solar panel to the negative input of the charge controller. Cover the connections with electrical tape.

  • Strip 1/4 inch off the ends of an electrical wire using a wire stripper. This will expose the wire underneath the coating. Place one exposed end of the wire into the positive output of the charge controller. Place the opposite exposed end of the wire into the positive tower of the rechargeable battery. Wind the exposed wire around the tower.

  • Repeat with another electrical wire, connecting the negative output of the charge controller to the negative tower of the rechargeable battery. Wind the exposed wire around the tower.

  • Leave the positive and negative towers of the battery exposed.

  • Strip 1/2 inch off the ends of a welding cable using a wire stripper. Coil the exposed end of the welding cable around the positive tower of the battery. Place the opposite exposed end of the welding cable into the positive input of the inverter. An inverter is needed because most appliances and electronic items use AC current, while batteries run DC current.

  • Repeat with another welding cable, connecting the negative tower of the battery to the negative input of the inverter.

  • Cover the towers of the battery and inverter inputs with electrical tape.

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