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What materials do you need to make a solar panel?

Generally the materials that you need to build a solar panel will include the following: A battery, some plywood painted with UV paint, wire, diode, Plexiglas, Jones plug, screws, super glue, silicon sealant and a solar cell and a guiding manual to get the job done! Also something to keep in mind for solar cells […]

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How much electricity do solar panels produce in a year?

The answer to how much electricity solar panels will produce in a year is hard to answer because it depends on a number of different factors like weather, how clean the solar panels are, distance from the equator, what time during the day, shading and maximal output. But a very rough estimate for a 100 […]

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How many watts do solar panels produce?

The number of watts that a solar panel produces depend on different factors, for example the watt-class, the shading of the solar panel but especially the location in which the solar panel is installed. Solar panels will produce more watts in very high irradiated areas, areas that have a lot of sun light, than in […]

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How many solar panels do I need to run my house?

The amount of solar panels needed to run a solar system in your house can be estimated by how much you approximately pay for your monthly electricity bill. There are many solar panel calculators available online by which you can determine the approximate number of solar panels you will need for your home simply entering […]

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What percent of people use solar panel powered technology?

It is difficult to come up with the number of people that are using solar powered technology because generally the amount of electricity produced is what is measured and not how many solar panel systems are installed in homes.

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Do solar panels work with artificial light?

Yes, solar panels will work under artificial light but not as efficiently. One concept that is worth considering regarding this matter between solar panels and artificial light is a fundamental law of physics. Whenever energy is changed from one form to another, what results is a net loss. It is highly recommended that you just […]

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How do I protect my solar panel?

In order to protect your solar panel from damage you must occasionally clean the panel and keep it free of debris.  If you are living in a colder climate make sure that you keep heavy snow off of your solar panel as much as possible.

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What is a Marine Solar Panel?

A Marine Solar Panel is a solar panel that is made with an anti-corrosive material.  This means it will do well in a highly corrosive atmosphere, such as salt water.  This makes the Marine Solar Panel perfect for a boat or RV.

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What is the differences between a Mono-crystalline and Polycrystalline solar panel?

The difference between mono-crystalline and polycrystalline solar panels is that one is produced from a single crystal of silicon and the other is produced from a piece of silicon consisting of many crystals.

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How is the solar industry working towards improving its technology?

In recent years research for improving solar technology has been an ongoing process. There has been a lot of research done to improve solar power technology. In Europe there is the European Kestcells Project that is funded with 3.7 million euros as researchers are looking to replace the present material in solar technology to another […]

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Is shade a problem for solar panel?

Yes, shade can be a problem because there are a number of individual solar cells within a solar panel that need to be expose fully to sunlight. This is mainly because of the way the wiring of the solar panels are designed. So for example if there were ten individual solar cells and due to […]

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Can the cost of producing solar panels be covered from the benefits they will bring?

It was inefficient to produce solar panels when PV technology was young years ago, producing solar panels cost around $40,000 per Watt. Modern date solar technology enables highly efficient solar panels. Impartial studies have done to show that the payback time for average solar systems to save enough to offset their production cost only takes […]

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What kind of maintenance is involved with solar panels?

Maintaining solar panels is very simple since there is no mobile parts. A few washes a year using a hose to remove dust and debris is all that is needed to keep your panels operating efficiently for decades . It is not recommended to spray cold water on the surface during a hot day because […]

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Will my solar panels work if there is a power outage?

With a on-grid system Iconnected to the utility company)  power will be lost, however you can switch to a backup generator for electricity. If it is an off-grid system with a battery bank to store excess created energy, then you won’t experience the blackout as long as the electricity supply is not depleted.

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Does solar energy work all the time? What about at night and cloudy days?

The sun is needed for solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity. During times when sunlight is not available, the solar panel goes into sleep mode or standby mode. There are two solutions if electricity is needed when sunlight is absent. Solution one is switching to a utility grid that can be simultaneously used along […]

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What size solar system do I need?

You can view estimated system sizes depending on your home or business’s typical monthly electricity usage (kwh).  For example, the typical US residential home uses about 800 kWh/month, which translates to about a 5.5 kW system (Assuming average daily sunlight of 4.5 hours and 100% of electricity needs covered from your solar system).

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What is the difference between On-grid and off-grid solar power?

On-grid means your solar system is tied to your local utility company’s system. This is what most residential homes will use because you are covered if your solar system under or over-produces in regard to your varying energy needs. All this means for you is that your utility system acts as your battery space. If […]

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How will my solar power work with my grid-connected utility company? What is net metering?

When the sun’s DC power is converted to AC output, a meter records the kWh of solar energy that your panels have produced.  When you are using the exact amount of power that your solar system has produced, the meter stays still.  If you are producing less than you are using, then you will draw […]

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How do solar panels work?

Solar panels collect the sun’s energy in the form of photons and converts them to DC voltage, which becomes usable electricity.   The DC voltage is converted to AC power through the work of an inverter, which is usually mounted next to your electric panel.  Through a breaker in your electric panel, this AC power […]

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What is the life span of solar panels?

Under the energy crisis nowadays, solar energy become one of the most sustainable energy in the world. To convert the sunshine into real energy and electricity, we need to use some tools – That is solar panels. The photovoltaic panel is one of the most common used solar panel in the world. With the development […]

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