Photography by Gunnar Conrad
Solar Power System Design
How to use solar panels to supplement your home or workshop electricity needs.
In the first part of my solar power Primer, I showed how to make inexpensive photovoltaic (PV) panels (see MAKE, Volume 12, page 158, “20-Watt Solar Panel”).
Here, I’ll explain how I incorporated them into a complete solar PV power system. While this article provides installation tips and general how-to information, it’s not a step-by-step guide to building the complete system. Rather, it’s an introduction to a complex project that could easily fill a book.
WARNING: I’m not a certified solar PV ...