DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

December 4, 2013 - Comment

Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers, several of which will be hitting the market for the first time in 2011. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home

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Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers, several of which will be hitting the market for the first time in 2011. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; or “heat grabbers” that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.

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R. Fisk says:

Fantastic Book of Solar Projects This has got to be one of the finest books I have encountered on making solar energy a real part of your daily life. I should explain that. The projects in this book are NOT just about using solar electric panels, though that is part of the book. No, half of the book describes “how-to” projects to built solar collectors to add heat to your house.If you are looking for instructions on how to build a complete solar panel system for disconnecting from the grid, this ain’t it. There is some practical knowledge of hooking up batteries, mounting panels, etc. But you need another book with more depth for that.I’m not sure why the one reviewer felt that this book only provided pictures of completed solar projects. That isn’t the case at all. There are, in fact, some very detailed instructions on cutting the wooden pieces for some of the projects, materials lists, etc. Pictures demonstrating how to mount the devices, etc. are also included. If you are not…

dasiygmj says:

Excellent image to word book I am impressed with this book. The photos work as visual instructions, material lists, projects and sraight DIY Solar Project book. I would highly recommend that you purchase “Solar Electricity Handbook 2012 Edition” by: Michael Boxwell to go along with this book. If you have these two books, you will be unstoppable in your Solar Power Projects and Knowledge. This book tells you specifically what you need for the projects included in it, but knowing the actual How does it do that is not to important for those specific projects, but if you need to make adjustments, what is safe, why you need to do it a certain way, how much solar power is needed and making changes to those projects will leave you scatching your head and with fear unless you have the other book. Safety is extremely important, producing enough energy for your project to work correctly and knowing why to much energy can damage your project will keep you from altering these projects unless you have the other book. These…

G. Long "letranger66" says:

Short on specifics I am giving this book 2 stars because it doesn’t address in sufficient detail how to actually choose components for a pv solar system. The book is more of a carpentry project book than pure solar.I expected the book to contain more specifics about how to set up PV solar projects. There are a couple of projects in the book that involve PV but not nearly as many as a quick perusal would indicate. The book is filled with pictures of solar panels and the book does discuss the different types of panels. However, when you read about those projects there is no information on battery and charging capacity that might help you actually choose components for a system. Also, there are some basic mathematical relationships and conventions that would help one calculate the potential output and charging time of a system, once you have chosen components. Those are not included. To me, these are fatal flaws.On the other hand, if you are interested in carpentry projects that use…

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