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How To Build Solar Panels

Easy, Simple, and Dirt Cheap.
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Created by David Sieg
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 32 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
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.
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  • Basic use of hand tools

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.
Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 01:46:31
Welcome to the course!
6 Lectures 30:59

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.

Preview 02:05

Course Overview: 

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

Preview 04:36

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...

Preview 04:46

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.

Preview 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.

How To Get The Government To Pay For Your Solar System
The Basics
2 Lectures 10:25

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.

Preview 04:31

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.

Preview 05:54
Materials Needed
3 Lectures 10:34

 "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.) 

Materials needed to build a solar panel

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.

Where to buy materials and parts

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

Buying parts online video
Building the frame
1 Lecture 04:16

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

Building the frame
Assembling the solar cells
1 Lecture 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. 

Assembling the solar cells
Installing Your Solar Cells in Your Frame
1 Lecture 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.

Installing Your Solar Cells in Your Frame
Wiring Your Solar Cells Together
1 Lecture 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.

wiring Your Solar Cells Together
Installing the Plexiglass On Top Of Your Solar Panel
1 Lecture 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.

Installing Plexiglass
Installing your Junction Box
1 Lecture 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.

Installing your Junction Box
Solar system components
1 Lecture 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.

Solar system components
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About the Instructor
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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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