DIY Home Solar Power Kits DIY Home Solar Power Kits
Solar power kits are the simple way to add solar power to your home. There are many available on the market at different prices. Some are excellent, others not so great, with a huge range in prices. You will need to spend money to buy god solar power kits, but in the long term they will help you save money on your electric bill. Using a kit is much easier than sourcing the different parts individually as you know they’ll work together.
As a way of cutting your electric bill, solar is an excellent option. It will work anywhere, even in areas that don’t receive a great deal of sun, although they will be more efficient and produce more power in sunny areas. The only thing you need is a roof that faces south or southwest. This will give most exposure to the sun for the photovoltaic cell, which is more commonly known as the solar panel.
The government has previously offered tax credits for consumers who have purchased approved solar power systems and it is anticipated that the next generation of solar power kits will also qualify for them, so be sure to check to see if your preferred kit is listed before buying. Be aware that there are limits as to how much power solar power kits can generate.
What’s In the Kit?
Solar power kits should contain everything you need to set up your solar power system. The largest item will be the solar panel. It should also come with a stand that allows you to set it in the roof at the best angle to receive the maximum amount of sunlight (the optimum angle is 70 degrees, so make sure the sand can adjust to this). You want a solar panel that will generate at least 80 watts for it to be worthwhile. Check, too, whether you can add on to the solar panels by adding more of them to generate more electricity.
The battery should be 85 Ah and also have a 12 Ah charge controller (this allow the current to trickle through without any spikes that can blow out appliances and is a vital component). You will need a waterproof box for the battery and controller as part of the solar panel kits. This will allow the battery to be stored outside the house with any worries that it can be damaged by the elements.
The final component is a power inverter. You need this in order to make the power useable. It should be at least 300 watts to be properly useful. The inverter, which will be inside the house, can be hooked up to heat your hot water. It will also have an outlet on the unit. From here you can plug in a power strip and plug small appliances into this for use.
All good solar panel kits will contain full instructions for installation as well as all the necessary wiring to complete the installation. You will also need to drill for the wiring to go into the house, and materials to seal that hole.