DIY Solar Power

sunLowes is going to begin offering install-it-yourself solar panels beginning next year. The $893-panels, made by Akeena Solar, easily install on the roof with two bolts, and weigh about 40 pounds a piece. Installation is only the first step, however. Permits usually need to be acquired for installation (even for do-it-yourselfers) and hooking the panel up to your in-house electrical grid should be handled by a licensed electrician.

One panel will produce enough power to keep a large-screen television running, so we’re not talking about a lot of power here. I think the real value is that by making solar so easily and readily available, it levels the playing field a bit. If solar is available easily to the common man, then who needs all the overhead of hiring a firm to do the work for you? An advanced do-it-yourselfer could potentially handle the installation easily, making a nice dent in their electric bill. When alternative forms of energy can be acquired easily and within a reasonable cost, ultimately they become affordable for a much larger part of the population.

Ultimately, our survival as a planet depends on finding alternative sources of energy. Every little step towards that future is something to be cheering on.

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  2. Thanks for this post. I will check out this solar panels by Akeena Solar. The main reason I’m interested in it is because my husband is from Africa where constant electricity is not available.

    I believe with 3 or 4 of those panels, we could run the most basic gadgets in the house including a few light bulbs.

    Thanks again, I will check them out now :)

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