Solar power is a form of energy that is renewable, inexhaustible, environmentally friendly, and free of any fuel cost. That doesn’t make it genuinely “free” energy, however. The costs of solar power are the initial cost to construct and install generating facilities and maintenance costs thereafter. These costs are not trivial.
Because solar power does not involve any cost for fuel or the equivalent, installing a home solar power system can save a great deal on a monthly and annual basis from your electric bill, potentially even eliminating it altogether. Maintenance costs are not extravagant; certainly nowhere near the savings in electrical bills from having a home solar system.
The problem is the up-
This can be somewhat alleviated through tax credits from the government. But a large part of the cost of a professionally-
If you do a search online, you will find websites that advertise information about how to build your own solar panels using solar cells which you can buy in bulk. Sometimes the information is free. Sometimes a small payment is asked (around $50 in most cases). Is this actually possible?
It is; however, for several reasons it isn’t a good idea. In the first place, the skill necessary to do the work well is far from trivial. This is difficult electrical manufacture. Some of the information you can find is also rather dubious. For example, using wood for the frame for a solar panel is unwise, as it presents a fire hazard.
In addition, there are legal problems involving building codes, requirements for using net metering with a utility, and homeowners insurance policy provisions that make the savings not worth it even if you can weed out the
bad advice and have the necessary skills.
Kits that will allow you to build and install your own solar system are available from a number of sources, including Amazon, Home Depot, and other sources that pop up readily on a net search. The cost is well under ten thousand dollars for a system sufficient to power most homes. (As of the date of this article, a 3-
system kit with grid tie can be purchased for a little under $7,500.)
Installing such a system from a kit or from parts is work requiring non-
homeowners insurance policy to make certain that a self-