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Tribes make Solar Posted at 01/19/10 - 05:35 AM

New Mexico's Jemez Pueblo tribe is working a deal to use their land for solar energy production. They will be the first Native American tribe to use solar energy as a way to make revenue.  The 3,000 members of the tribe are working to harness the energy from their 30-acre site. They plan on setting up over 14,000 solar panels. A plan is now in the works to sell electricity to outsiders from their four-megawatt plant. The completed plant would be able to power about 600 homes.

Author: Greg

Recent studies suggest that technological progress has reduced payback times to 1.5 to 3.5 years for crystalline silicon PV systems.

 

 

 


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The interest in renewable energy has been expanding in current years and with the new economic crunch, its becoming more  attractive to homeowners.  The trend has steadily grown as people are more aware of the negative impacts of our lifestyles on the environment and the high costs of household power.  
When it comes to taking advantage of solar energy in the average home, there are two main ways to go about it. The first involves purchasing all necessary equipment and having it installed by professionals. The second involves building DIY Solar Panels.
If you are serious about saving serious money on your energy bill then you need to take a look at this step-by-step DIY guide.
Taking the DIY route takes a real commitment - but is something that is well within the reach of anyone with average skills and motivation to build something on your own that will result in long term savings.  As public interest grows in "going green" and having some  control over living expenses, there is now a wide range of information, products and materials available for purchase online.

Commercial photovoltaic solar panels are very efficient but are unfortunately very expensive. For that reason, they may be out of reach to those on average incomes. DIY solar PV panels, if assembled properly, represent a much cheaper alternative.  The things you need to turn sunlight into electricity such as solar panels, inverters and others items for the collection and conversion of this sunlight to energy are readily available. 


To build a DIY solar panel array is well within the grasp of the average person.  The materials and equipment needed are widely available and  affordable.  What you do not have to hand, are easily obtainable at local hardware stores, or online at say eBay.  Depending on the model and size of the panels you are looking to make, there may be some extra work or tools needed, but in general it’s all quite standard handyman stuff.

All solar panels are require solar cells or photovoltaic cells(PVC's). A solar cell is a device that converts the energy of sunlight directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect.  For the sake of keeping our overview short,  we will skip the technical stuff about how a so lar cell actually works.  We are only interested in if can you build a working DIY solar panel.

 

All you  need to know is that, all these solar cells are readily available. Many DIY builders of solar panels chose to create their panels from cheaper cells,  purchased online. Today, there is an enormous amount of information about DIY solar panels available by searching the internet.  Before you begin, it pays to research others experiences and make an informed decision about what guide best suites you from what others have experienced. 

While not difficult, it is very easy to be overwhelmed or simply loose interest when things are poorly explained, a big waste of time & money.  A comprehensive guide is necessary to complete a working build.  There are free tutorials and guidelines available, but they may not cover all aspects necessary for a serious project. If you are looking to build a quality installation for your home, you can’t go far wrong by picking an well known DIY Solar Panels guide. These guides typically cover every step of the building process, are fully documented and come with videos, and in most cases, will offer technical support and importantly a money back guarantee.
 
If you want some control over your electricity bills, then I suggest you check out the this Solar Panel DIY Guide.  This  guide is regularly updated and includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, is fully illustrated with Bonus Video Lessons and comes with a money back guarantee.

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