By Eric Smith
With excessive power expenses and a warming planet that wishes cleanser gas resources, the time hasn't ever been higher to get entangled with solar power. and also you needn't spend $50,000 to coat your place with an array of panels to take part. This e-book comprises tasks that you should make and set up to start growing your individual sun way of life. From an easy sunlight oven that may prepare dinner a roast in a number of hours to a standalone sun water heater, this ebook presents directions for sun-powered gear you may make and set up by yourself. you will see the way to mount small photovoltaic panels on a roof, deliver strength to lighting fixtures in a distant shed or storage, and create a sunlight nonetheless that purifies water with no eating energy. A wooden kiln, a battery charging station, and supplementary warmth assets in your domestic are only many of the different initiatives during this book. Read more...
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If you create more power than you use, most utility companies will pay you or credit you for the excess. One of the advantages of this type of system is that you can start small, then add additional solar panels later. It also eliminates the need for expensive batteries and ensures a continuous, reliable flow of power. However, if the utility company suffers a blackout, the solar panels will not be able to provide power to the house unless you have a battery backup system in place. If your house already has power lines coming in from the utility company, it makes sense to leave them connected when you install solar panels so you can use the electrical grid for storage and backup.
Down in a 20- to 24"-diameter hole. If the panel is higher than five feet, you’ll need to make the hole 6" deeper for every extra foot of height. Local soil and wind conditions may also necessitate a larger or deeper hole—it’s best to get specific guidelines for your area and panels from your dealer or building inspector. Solar water or hot air collectors can be mounted on pressure-treated posts buried in the ground or attached to post bases, or fastened to steel U-channel supports. In either case the posts should be anchored or set in concrete below the frost level, just as posts for a deck would be, or set 2 ft.
For example, if you live at latitude 45, the tilt angle is 60° from horizontal. Use your speed square, which has angle markings on the outer edge, to mark this angle, then just adjust the supports for the collector until it matches the angle. This angle is generally the best for both winter and summer, because it faces the sun more directly in winter, but not as directly in summer, which lessens the chance of overheating; if you can’t match it exactly, several degrees either way won’t have much of an effect.