DIY Solar Panel Construction? Is it really possible?

by Solar Panel Construction Expert

Hey Marton here,

If you’re looking for the best way to construct solar panels, just like I was a few months ago, keep on reading, because I finally found THE method for it.

This is my uncensored solar panel construction story. The ups, the downs, what stuff didn’t work, and finally the method that did help me achieve my goal of constructing my own solar panels at home.

This is the method I used, check out the video, then read my story:

Go to http://earth4energy.com now, or read my story below!

To tell you truth I had to do quite a lot of research before I found the technique that satisfied my needs completely. I’ve just bought my first house, and I found out that a solar panel installation from a retailer costs well over $15,000, so that was out of the question, since I barely had enough money for my house.

I read somewhere that you can now construct your own solar panels at home, and I wanted to find out whether it was true. I researched a bit on the internet, but unfortunately my findings were quite mixed. Some people claimed to have had great results with it, but many found it impossible or not worth it.

7 out of 9 products are garbage!

So I had to dig a little deeper and try out some of the methods myself. I think all together I bought 9 products (books/manuals/dvds) that claimed to teach complete DIY solar panel construction. Well, I wasn’t that surprised (knowing that most internet products are unworthy)  when I found out that 7 of those were complete junk. I couldn’t believe how some people don’t care at all that they’re selling crap to people…

The one that seems to work

Luckily two of the products did provide value for money, and I think one of them contains all the information you need for constructing your own solar panels at home, even if you’re a complete beginner and know nothing about solar power and energy. It’s also a complete DIY product and you don’t have to be a builder in order to do it. If you want to check out the official site of the product, click here.

What I liked about this product that is it teaches you the basics you need to know before getting started. Part 1 is an introduction to solar energy which explains how it is generated, and everything we need to know about it in order to maximize our savings. Part 2 will teach you how to build the panels in an easy to follow manner with detailed plans complete with pictures and diagrams. Part 3 will help you determine how many solar panels you will need if you want to live without having to pay for electricity at all.

It also contains a fully illustrated guide to installing and mounting your panels. There is also a part about making a wind turbine for under $150. To tell you truth during my research I found out that they’re not that effective and they’re a little harder to build, so I haven’t built one myself. But I’ve heard they do produce some energy (especially if you build more) and can be a nice decoration to your garden.

My results with it

I started my solar panel construction journey by using the calculator (included in the package) to find out how many panels I will need to cover my energy consumption. Then I went to buy all the things necessary to build my solar cells. Where can you find parts? Easy: everywhere! The manual also explains what kind of stores you should go to in order to find the parts. I could even get everything in Hungary, even though solar panels are not that common here.

So how much did everything cost?

So after figuring out how big my panels should be (using the calculator), I bought all the materials and all together they cost me 210$ (after converting from our currency). I also had to buy some wires, an inverter, and a meter to record the energy generated. These cost me an additional $170. But the good news is that you can connect any number of panels to these, so you won’t ever need to buy more of these.

Small solar panels

As you can see on the picture above, a solar panel consists of smaller panels, so that’s how we’ll be building them. Because of this, you can make your panels in any size. You can also make smaller portable panels with this (it’s also covered in the guide), although I haven’t tried that yet.

Although I wanted to build my solar panels in two days (that’s what the guide recommends), I actually finished it in one day (about 12 hours) because it was so interesting that I couldn’t stop:). The next day I installed all four of my panels which took me another 5-6 hours. So I spent $380 all together (that means 4 panels and everything else needed to get the energy flowing) and worked for two days to get my system online.

After that I started to think about why do solar panel installations (from retailers) cost 15 times as much? And I realized it’s because they can get away with it! Few people know that you can easily build your own solar panels (once you know how) at home for a portion of the price. I had to do a lot of research myself to find a reliable method. The other reason is that people are probably afraid to start building things for themselves. They are afraid they might mess it up.

Before this I couldn’t even put my cupboard together, I had to have someone install it for me. But the guide explained everything in a very easy to follow manner and I felt like a professional builder after this:).

Further advantages

Another advantage of having pv cells on my roof is that the value of my house increased by thousands! If I ever decide to sell my house, I’ll be able to do that for a much higher price!

But I still haven’t told you the best thing about it. My neighbor came to check out my new solar panels, and he asked me how much it cost me. When I told him that I built it myself for less than $500, he asked me if I could construct solar panels for him too. We agreed on $1000, and I built it for him in one weekend. That’s $500 in two days! Not bad… Although you could probably ask for more, since it’s worth much more.

Since then, I built solar panels for five families in the street, imagine the possibilities…

So if you’re really interested in solar panel construction, go to the official site of the product by clicking here. You could also get it as a present for someone, I’m sure they would love it.

All the best & good luck with it,

Marton

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Harry December 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Hey, tnx for this review, I just bought this solar panel construction guide and I’ve already started building it. It took me only a week to get everything I need (hopefully) to build it. Wish me luck!!

Tnx,
Harry

Sophie December 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Tnx Marton for the review! I got this book for my dad for his birthday and he absolutely loved it!! He already started to get the things needed for this project. All the best,

Sophie

haneroy December 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Yes, this is the best product on the market today, confirmed

garyman December 14, 2009 at 12:44 pm

I did it!!! I actually built my own solar panels with my own two hands thanks to this guide! I couldn’t believe it myself. Okay it did take me some time, but I really suck at constructing things (well, not anymore;). Gathering everything needed to build the panels took the most time for me, because I wanted to do it for really cheap, but I succeeded.

marcus December 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

This is great! I actually feel like a good handyman after this guide:). I did it, and although I had some problems in the beginning (I really sucked at building things), I figured out everything by myself, and everything is working now. My solar panels look great!!

amateurbuilder December 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Yeah I used this guide too, everything worked as it is stated on the sales page, the only difference is that mine was a little more expensive than 200$. Averall worth it, good product!

tomprest December 17, 2009 at 1:27 am

Yeah, this book is quite cheap considering the amount of information it contains. Very in-depth book indeed.

huseir December 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I had to read the book twice to fully understand everything, but a great guide indeed! Contains everything one needs to know about solar panel construction.

petike December 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

As usual, great value for money. I own many books from the author and they all lived up to their promises.

tizezer December 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I’m thinking about buying this book, I’ve only read good things about is, hope they are true!

Mabuy Red January 4, 2010 at 1:37 am

Oooh man I’m buying this so fast.. Tnx for the info!

George January 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I had some difficulty at first with this guide, but finally I managed to get the work done, so overall good guide. Make sure you take time to get the proper materials or you won’t be able to finish

Mark January 6, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I built a wind turbine using this guide and It works perfectly. True, it doesn’t produce as much energy as a solar panel would, but it looks great, I love it.

maria January 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Best solar panel construction guide for me. I’ve bought a lot myself and this one really worked. I also like the fact that he regurarly updates his guide.

jack13 January 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I also built solar panels for my neighbor!! This guide is great, I didn’t even have time to do all the things mentioned, but I’m actually thinking about a solar panel construction business, although for that I might need additional research, but it’s a good start for sure.

lantern January 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hey good job man, I also checked out your forex method, but I haven’t tried it yet. But I build my solar panels using this guide, so it must be good too! Hope I’ll have the time to try it

lampmagn January 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

What I like most about this guide is how specific it is. Even if you’re a total amateur, I’m sure you’ll manage with this guide, good luck everyone!

drew January 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Great information, Marton. Thanks!

alan clayton March 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Theres no reason they can’t be made to last 25 years.

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