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Solar Power System Design

How to use solar panels to supplement your home or workshop electricity needs.

By Parker Jardine

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 ...

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