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Basic Solar Power Tutorials

System Overview


A Solar Energy System is sometimes referred to as an Alternative Energy System. And while that's true, wind, geothermal, and hydro systems are also alternative energy sources ... [more]

Solar Cells


A solar cell is a device that converts the energy of sunlight directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. Usually, solar cells are reserved for devices intended specifically to capture energy from sunlight ... [more]

Solar Panel


Solar panels generate free power from the sun by converting sunlight to electricity with no moving parts, zero emissions, and no maintenance. The solar panel, the first component of a ... [more]

Accessories


Accessories are those little tools which play a very important role in the process of DIY solar panels. Among these accessories, tab wire and junction boxe are the most important ... [more]

Charge Controller


Since the brighter the sunlight, the more voltage the solar cells produce, the excessive voltage could damage the batteries. A charge controller is used to maintain the proper charging voltage on the ... [more]

Power Inverter


Unless you plan on using battery power for everything, you will need a Power Inverter. Since the majority of modern conveniences all run on 120 volts AC, the Power Inverter will be the heart of your ... [more]

Storage Battery


Without batteries to store energy you would only have power when the sun was shining or the generator was running. This tutorial describes the 4 basic types of batteries & provides some good tips ... [more]

AC Generator


Generators are best used for backup power during long periods of little or no sun. Under these circumstances you would run the generator just long enough to provide the batteries with their Bulk stage ... [more]

Correct Cables and Wire Sizes


To connect the components of a Solar Energy System, you will need to use correct wire sizes to ensure low loss of energy and to prevent overheating and possible damage or even fire. Below is ... [more]

Connections


After you connect the Solar Panels to the input terminals of the Charge Controller using the above chart, you can use the same size wire to connect the Charge Controller output to the batteries ... [more]