How To Build Solar Panels

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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Updated May, 2016

In May of 2008 I bought my house. Within one month, the housing market crashed and the cost of fuel, food, and utilities skyrocketed. Think it won’t happen again?

Would an extra $50, $100, even $200 or more every month come in handy? These kinds of savings are possible in as little time as it takes to get your next utility bill. I was able to bring my utility costs down from over $500 a month to $75. Money back in my pocket. Think of the savings that can add up to over the course of one year.

Written for the home owner who is tired of paying many hundreds of dollars a month in gas, electric, and water usage costs. This course is about how you can easily and simply build solar panels dirt cheap, doing simple weekend jobs that will add up to saving big dollars. If you can use simple hand tools, you'll be able to start saving money immediately.

This course includes 19 videos, 18 downloadable audio podcasts, and a couple dozen .pdf handouts covering every aspect of building your own solar panels. It goes from explaining the fundamentals how the solar industry is tricking you into paying 1000’s of dollars more than necessary, to mounting the finished solar panels on your roof.

 You'll learn...

  • Why build your own solar panels? (Not for the reasons you think!)
  • How to Get the Government to Pay For Your Energy System.
  • How much manufactured solar panels should cost and what you should pay for them.
  • How solar systems work, and how to decide if solar is right for you.
  • The tools and materials needed, where to buy them, and a handy shopping list.
  • Building a frame that will last for years.
  • Assembling and wiring your solar cells correctly the first time.
  • Installing the finished cells in the frame.
  • Wiring it all together, easily and completely.
  • Mounting the Plexiglas to the frame.
  • Installing the junction box.
  • Mounting your completed solar panel on your roof.

Did I mention the FREE bonuses?

  •  How to get all the FREE glass needed for any solar project
  •  How to get FREE deep cycle batteries.
  • How to get FREE solar panels.
  • If you’re considering buying solar panels, what to ask, who to look for, and how to know if you’re being ripped off.
I have written my instructions in very simple English so that anybody can do this.


Every single technique which I reveal in this course is tested, proven, and can be done easily in a weekend with basic tools. I am going to give you full step-by-step instructions and very clear diagrams and photos for you to follow. 

There are even .pdf downloads you can take into the shop with you, so that you can start building your own solar panels in just a few hours

Best of all, depending on your “recycling” abilities you could pay $100 or less per panel.

Every minute you delay is actually COSTING you money....

Get started now, for less than the cost of take-out pizza, and start saving money immediately.

What are the requirements?

  • Know how to use basic hand tools safely
  • No prior carpentry experience is necessary

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 20 lectures and 3 hours of content!
  • Reduce your home energy utility bills by 50% to 75%
  • Add to the resale value of your home
  • Make your home more energy efficient
  • How to get the US government and utility companies to pay for energy improvements
  • Make your home more comfortable
  • Create a plan for simple weekend projects that will drastically reduce your home utility costs.

What is the target audience?

  • Any home owners who wants to save money on utilities
  • People concerned about rising home energy costs and are looking at ways to reduce them.
  • People who are concerned about global warming and want to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • People who want to know quickest and easiest methods of saving energy dollars without expensive upgrades.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic use of hand tools

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build solar panels as good as a pro
  • Understand how solar panels work and the best ways to utilize them
  • How to get the utility companies to pay you. (Net-metering)
  • Why the solar industry and utilities have a vested interest in keeping the cost of solar high.
  • What materials to buy and the cheapest places to buy them.
  • How to build a solar frame that will last for years.
  • How to assemble and wire the solar cells correctly the first time.
  • How to put the finished solar cells into the frame and wire the entire panel correctly.
  • How to install the junction box so the panels can be disconnected quickly and easily for maintenance.
  • What you'll need to do in order to start powering your house with solar enengy.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in building solar panels
  • Anyone interested in using solar energy to reduce utility costs.
  • Anyone who is concerned about global warming and want to reduce their carbon foot-print.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to the course!
About Me, My Background, and This Course
Preview
09:22
02:05

A Cautionary Tale: 

A short video outlining why you should (But not strictly necessary) take my course "Home Energy Made Easy" 

I've made the course free using the coupon code "FreeHEME" for a limited time for those that want to heed this advice.

04:36

Course Overview: 

Here we'll go into what this course covers, what it doesn't, and why it matters to you.

04:46

Everyone needs a reason to start and I'll give you some good ones.

If massive savings isn't enough, I'll give you some more reasons...

05:05

You understand the benefits of solar energy. Now how much will it cost to enjoy those benefits? 

The answer might surprise you. In the this lesson I’ll show how much a commercial system costs, and how much you can save by building your own solar panels. Prepare to be blown away.

05:05

Do you like free money?

The state, and federal government, along with the utilities, will provide grants, tax credits, and rebates, for you to invest in solar energy. These programs aren't well known, nor widely adopted, but I'll show where to go to get the latest information on all of them. It's worth the effort and depending on where you live, savings can be massive.

Section 2: The Basics
04:31

This lesson will give you the "30,000 foot view" of small scale solar energy. 

Learn the basics of how a small PV system works, how it produces electricity, and how to get it to work for you.

05:54

The time to understand the journey is before you begin one.

Before beginning you might want to consider if a solar system is right for you. Start here to determine whether a small PV system would be feasible, practical, and economical for you.

Section 3: Materials Needed
07:07

 "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." Wise words.

We begin. The first step is to gather all the materials you'll need before you begin. Now is the time to take inventory of the tools you'll need. (Don't worry...they are all basic and most people have them already.) 

01:50

Sooner or later you'll have to spend some money, and for most people, it is now. Here's how to do it the most inexpensive way.

Order the solar panel parts now and start collecting the materials you'll need. I show you where to go, what to buy, and choosing reputable suppliers.

01:37

A quick video looking over my shoulder as I source different parts online.

Section 4: Building the frame
04:16

We start off easy building a simple, but durable frame for your solar panel that should last for years.

Section 5: Assembling the solar cells
09:05

Many people are intimidated by this part. You won't be.

I'll show how to solder the cells together quickly, easily, and best of all, correctly. 

Section 6: Installing Your Solar Cells in Your Frame
04:14

Getting your solar series into a frame without breaking the connections can be tricky.

The next step is to get your completed solar cells into the frame you built for them. Using the method I outlined you'll be able to slide them in no problem without breaking any connections.

Section 7: Wiring Your Solar Cells Together
03:55

Now you're ready for the final wiring.

This will make your solar panel workable. 

Following the steps outlined previously, you'll breeze through this part as the entire plan comes together before your eyes.

Section 8: Installing the Plexiglass On Top Of Your Solar Panel
03:48

You now have a working solar panel. 

So let's make it water and weather-proof so it stays functional for years to come. This lesson will show you how.

Section 9: Installing your Junction Box
05:43

Time for the final touches. 

A junction will allow you to connect, or disconnect, your panels in a series, or to batteries. This lesson will show you the easy way to make sure your panels can be configured in any way you desire.

Section 10: Solar system components
06:26

You have a working solar panel at this point and are able to power lap tops, TV's, and small appliances with it. The downside is, they have to be connected to it. Wouldn't it be nicer to have it feed your entire house? This lesson shows you how to do that.

Section 11: Hooking up your solar panel
03:50

Time to start hooking everything up and start saving some money! 

This lesson will show you how quickly, easily, and correctly the first time.

Section 12: Mounting solar panels on roof
05:36

Let's face it, your roof is pretty important. 

Installing solar panels on your roof only to be faced with dozens of tiny leaks isn't a good plan. This lessons outlines in details the "Do" and "Don't" aspects. The mistakes many people make, how to avoid them, or how to fix them.

Section 13: Free Bonuses!
How to Get Free Glass For Your Frame
05:31
00:24

Buying manufactured solar panels and having professionals install them is expensive. 

If however you can combine government and state grants to lower the cost enough, it is a viable option.

These downloads will tell you everything you need to know about buying, installing, choosing contractors, and everything else you need to know.

00:27

Here are some creative ways to find deep cycle batteries for free.

This method is creative and inventive. But if you like to shnooze with like minded folks it's a lot of fun. Get to know the right people, and you'd be amazed at what they throw away as well as why they would love to help you. 
00:24

Admit it, you skipped to the last part first! 

I don't blame you. Once again, a creative way to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. Believe it not, slightly damaged solar panels are thrown away all the time. 

Why? Because for some businesses it is cheaper to buy new ones than to spend money on technicians. I'll show who to contact in your town, in every town, who will give you damaged solar panels for free.

Shopping list
00:27
00:27

Print it out, inventory your tools, and parts around your garage, and you'll have a checklist of things you have on hand, and the things you'll need to buy. You'll know with a reasonable degree of certainty you'll need to start this project.

Section 1 Quiz
4 questions

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Instructor Biography

David Sieg, Biofuels and Alternative energy consultant

In 1995, while teaching in Southeast Asia, I started dabbling in alternative energy and biofuels by necessity. At the time Vietnam was suffering under crippling oil embargoes and there wasn't enough energy to meet basic needs.

I remembered the Allies in WWII used vegetable oil to power diesel engines. This led me to researching various alternatives in biodiesel. My students collected used vegetable oil from restaurants. Soon we were creating enough to power the school's generators. This led eventually to starting a consulting business.

in 2006 I started a website sharing the knowledge I gained and started writing books on how anyone could produce algae biodiesel. In 2008, the price of oil skyrocketed and some of my books became best sellers overseas.

Also in 2008, the economy collapsed in Asia and I moved back to the USA. I put the very same principles I applied in Asia here in the US in a suburban house. I was able to bring a $500 a month utility bill down to $75. Doing the same things I teach in this course.

I have since written over 8 nonfiction books on algae biofuels.

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