Solar Power Kits in the Home

Jul 22
2011

 

Did you ever hear of a home solar power kit? Well the increasing cost and demand for power in today’s world has made everyone look for alternate sources rather than just paying dearly for and then depending upon the grid for power. A solar kit may be just the answer to this problem.

They are not only cost effective but also clean, generate no noise and they're environmentally friendly. This gives it a tremendous edge over other alternate sources of power. Further, it is not so difficult to install and doesn’t require much skill to maintain.

A typical kit comes with one or more solar panels, an inverter to convert the DC power to AC power, a deep cycle battery that’s used to store the power (important note here is that this is not a typical car battery), and a charge controller for the battery. They’re an inexhaustible power supply when the sun is shining, and used to power your home, RV, boat, any batteries you have (including you car battery), any electronic equipment and small appliances.

These widely sought after solar kits fill most homeowner’s needs. If you want to save some installation money, have pride knowing you did it yourself, save on your power bills forever and also help Mother Earth then how can you go wrong with one of these solar kits? Everyone wants to build their own solar panels but kits are the way to go. It’s the perfect option. Home solar power kits also provide insight into how solar energy works and they’re simply harnessed to meet your daily power requirements.

Following the simple instructions (all of the kits have excellent instructions) and understanding the principles is all that’s required to install one of these home solar power kits. You can find them on the internet and most kits offer online support to help you set them up. There are many reputable companies like Sharp, GE and BP solar that provide these solar power kits at competitive prices. It takes less than a day to them up and you can start using them immediately. There are no county inspectors, permits or codes required.

Although these solar kits can’t power the entire house they can run a fair number of appliances and help you cut down on your power bill. There’s also a comfort level knowing that these solar power kits not only save you bucks but also reduce your dependency on the grid. Any power failure or brown out in the area is not going to affect your house thanks to your home solar power kit and everyone will be wondering why you still have the power! I guarantee that after one outage they’ll be asking you how you did it.

A kit is definitely a good investment that pays for itself over a pretty short period of time. Right now the initial installment cost is subsidized by the government making it an ideal time to jump on board the solar power train. What makes a home solar kit an even better idea is to put together one of these with the entire family so you’re all contributing to the betterment of our environment. If by chance you’re already reaping the benefits of one these kits then be a promoter and pass on the information to your neighbors, friends and relatives. Let the world know the benefits of a home solar power kit and help to make a better tomorrow.

Building a Fountain using Solar Power

Jul 11
2011

 

Building a solar power fountain is a DIY project that can be undertaken by all ages and all skill levels. There is almost no electrical wiring, and little risk of shock, since pumps and PV modules work very well together. A decent solar power water fountain is about $100, and the outdoor project is fun and educational for kids and teens. Water flows when its sunny, and slows when cloudy, and shows just how the sun's rays can be harnessed for practical applications.

If you want a decent size backyard solar power fountain and nature centerpiece, you can build a really nice display for around $300, or a full-fledged koi pond for about $500. That is, if you handle all the elbow grease yourself, using free natural resources such as rocks and plants.

All solar power water fountains will usually require these basics; wiring, a power supply, the fountain, a lower pond or reservoir, a pump and the necessary tubing. You can mix and match parts, or you can also purchase all-in-one solutions that contain a plastic “pond”, pump, PV cell and wiring. You simply put in place, add rocks, plants and water, and your solar power water fountain is up and running.

But before you begin any solar fountain project, you need to know how the technology works. When the sun shines, the upper reservoir fills gradually. When the upper reservoir is either too full, or the sun disappears, water is bled off by the overflow spout or fountain. One really nice feature of larger solar power fountains is the large upper water reservoir. This is used to regulate even water flow in changing sunlight, and allows you to save water for use when you are nearby and can enjoy it more.

If you envision a much larger display, and do most of the back-breaking physical labor yourself, you can use a larger, more expensive solar power fountain as the center of a very elaborate, natural display. And using indigenous rocks and plants already in your yard means no cost other than the pump and solar power water fountain. You can spend from $20 to $20,000, the options are available for all sizes and designs. And you can employ all-in-one kits, or mix and match a pump, PV module and fountain.

But if you want to start off slow, you only need to connect two wires from a DC pump motor to a PV module and you are in business. The sun does the rest of the work, and when the sun shines, the brook babbles. Where does that wonderful sound come from? Water trickling is supplied by three different sources, a water control valve, pump tube and overflow spout. And by monitoring different times of day, you can find your favorite sounds and realize the full enjoyment your solar power fountain has to offer.

The design and job of a solar power water fountain is limited only by your imagination, pocketbook and level of physical labor desired. You can build mini-fountains in an afternoon, or cascading solar power fountains intricately flowing through several layers of massive rock and earth that take a month to complete. And you can channel the water-flow for any number of jobs, even designing for night-time enjoyment.

How about a backyard Niagara Falls, or a quiet, gentle sliding solar power water fountain? The choice is all yours, and you can add koi, goldfish, water plants and flowers that will attract animals like raccoons, birds, rabbits and squirrels. The more intricate you get, you will have to learn about water flow, valves, electricity and more, but the payoff is a peaceful, calm backyard oasis that helps wash your worldly worries away. Remember, larger systems are more labor-intensive, but not more complex. The same basics apply to all solar power fountain projects.