Category Archives for "DIY Solar"

Can You Use Costco Golf Cart Batteries for Solar?

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Is there an affordable battery backup option for your solar array at your local warehouse store?

You might’ve heard that Costco sells decently-priced golf cart batteries that are great for solar applications like small off-grid systems or campers. You can find references to this idea in a few different forums, but we decided to take a bigger dive to get the scoop on whether Costco golf cart batteries are worth our time. Turns out, they’re actually a pretty good deal!Continue reading

How to Make a DIY Pool Heater

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A comprehensive guide to building your own DIY solar pool heater.

Owning a pool can be quite expensive, between all the chemicals, equipment, upkeep, and heating. In fact, heating alone can cause your swimming pool budget to balloon pretty quickly. A DIY pool heater powered by the sun could make these expenses less challenging, so read on to find out how you can create one yourself.

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Does Solar Panel Cooling Boost Output? (+Video)

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Discover solar panel cooling methods that can help enhance your system’s performance.

Solar panels suffer from a somewhat ironic problem: You need more sun to generate more power, but the hotter the panels get, the less efficient the panels are. This inefficiency means that the sunniest months of the year might hold the most potential, but might not be the most productive months for your solar system. Solar enthusiasts have been searching for ways to get more power from their system for years, and solar panel cooling is a topic frequently discussed.

So, are you looking for ways to increase your solar panel output? Do you like to tinker and explore DIY projects to wring every ounce of performance from your rig? If so, then read on to explore why it is that solar panels have this problem in the first place, some ways in which technology is evolving to cope with the problem and find methods that many DIYers have used to tackle the problem on their own.

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How to Make a DIY Battery Bank for Your Solar Panels

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Thinking about installing batteries to go with your solar panels? No matter if it’s an off-grid mountain cabin or a battery back-up for your grid-connected homes, the basic process for planning designing your own DIY battery bank is fairly straightforward, but can be a bit confusing your first time around.

Below are the basic steps to planning and designing your own DIY battery bank to complement your solar installation. Continue reading

Passive Solar vs. Solar PV: an Ultimate Guide

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Passive solar does not generate actual electricity from the sun, but is simply an architectural discipline involving harnessing the sun for warming in winter and cooling in summer.

Only solar panels – or PV – generate electricity, using the PhotoVoltaic (PV) effect.

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Why are Solar Panels Inefficient?

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Inefficiency is widely misunderstood by the layman. Here’s a test of your understanding:

Out of two 250 watt solar panels, one with 15% efficiency, and one with 20% efficiency, which one puts out the most power?

Answer: They both work just the same: they both put out the same identical power; 250 watts.

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How to go Solar as a Small Business?

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Maybe your business isn’t Apple, Walmart or Google, but solar isn’t just a big benefit for big businesses.

Even a small business is able to leverage the advantages that going solar brings from lower bills to fonder customers – who doesn’t love a green business?

For a business that owns its own building going solar is clear sailing, with several provisos.

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A Communal Solar Fridge for Nigerian Farmers Markets

A Nigerian farmer, frustrated by how fruit and vegetables were wasted at market, has bypassed the grid with this communal solar fridge for farmers to share.

A Nigerian farmer, entrepreneur and radio presenter; Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu had personally experienced how much fruits and vegetables were being wasted because of the lack of electric power in developing nations for cold storage, both from the moment they are picked, but also en route to market, and also sitting all day in the sun once at the market.

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