9365Re: [hreg] Re: Do it yourself Solar Panels
- Nov 6, 2009I too, would not recommend trying to power your home with a DIY solar kit; however, it would be a great small project for someone with some time and a garage to "tinker" in. Building your own module to power a small device can be fun and a great learning experience for those who don't know the mechanics of PV technology. I bought a small panel from Academy and use it to charge my camping lanterns, or use it to run a small radio that normally runs on a 9 volt battery. My kids love it and it gets a lot of attention when we are at the beach. I have not yet built one myself, but I'm sure it could be a fun project. For those of us who normally deal with large manufacturer's panels, building your own for small, controlled situations could bring a sense of pride. But again, the notion of building your own to power your home is like most have already said...a bad idea.Justin Owens
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www.GulfCoastRenewableResources.com----- Original Message -----From: Kevin ConlinSent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 9:58 PMSubject: RE: [hreg] Re: Do it yourself Solar PanelsThat's an excellent point, Steve, the potential for a high voltage DC fault or fire is very real.Kevin ConlinHeliosolar Design, Inc.13534 Quetzal LaneHouston, TX 77083C: (281) 202-9629H: (281) 530-7501F: (281) 530-7501
From: hreg@yahoogroups. com [mailto:hreg@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of steven_stelzer
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 9:23 PM
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Subject: [hreg] Re: Do it yourself Solar Panels
A further constraint to DIY Solar Panels is code compliance. Houston, for instance, requires solar panels to be listed by a testing agency as part of the permit process. These tests cost money. Part of this huge cost is recouped by manufacturers in their panel prices. DIY panels would not be allowed in Houston's jurisdiction.
BTW, this is not big brother; it's health, safety, and welfare of the public. The City also requires a structural engineer to certify that the panels and the structure they are attached to will withstand 110 mph winds. Anyone want a loose solar panel flying through their house in a hurricane?
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