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Do-It-Yourself Solar Generator
Jamais Cascio, 28 Jun 05

Phil Heiple wanted a home solar electricity system to act as a power backup and to serve as portable power for vacations. But being a do-it-yourself kind of guy, he decided to assemble his own. This page lists exactly how he did it, at a cost less than $300 total.

It's worth noting that he didn't make a solar panel -- he bought one of those -- but a solar-charged power system. Whatever he needed to plug in actually pulled from the battery storage; the solar panel served to recharge the battery. In addition, the page appears to date from around 1996 -- and while the overall instructions are still quite valid, it would be interesting to see just how much better a system one could assemble for the same rough price with modern technology.

(Via Make)

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One of the more inspiring and useful sites to check out along these lines is Otherpower.com

http://www.otherpower.com/

They have more up-to-date examples of a similar spirit for DIY solar power. Plus excellent resources and discussions about other areas of renewable energy.


Posted by: Paco NATHAN on 29 Jun 05



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