If you are starting your first solar power generator project, you will surely be making mistakes along the way. This is normal. But your learning curve can be shortened dramatically if you can just avoid the 3 most common mistakes that almost every beginner makes.
Just imagine the time you will save — it will be all worth it. You will also be very pleased to be ahead of your peers and will feel very encouraged to have completed a solar power project on your own without major setbacks. If that sounds good to you, let’s march on.
Common mistake #1: Not Calculating Number Of Solar Cells Needed and Size of Battery Bank
If you have done any DIY projects before, this should be obvious to you. But a good proportion of us are guilty of this –- even those whom we consider experts. Feeling your way through just wouldn’t make the cut.
Proper calculations need to be done even for the smallest, most insignificant step. After all, you’ll want to have sufficient solar cells and have battery banks large enough to store precious renewable energy, isn’t it?
Common mistake #2: Constructing A Flimsy Solar Panel Casing
Your solar panel is placed outdoor where it is exposed to the elements. Therefore it is important to design a solar panel casing that has enough structural support to brave the wind and precipitation. But most beginners have no clue. They have neither the design nor dimensions for a sturdy solar panel frame.
As a result, many of them end up constructing flimsy frames that are easily damaged by a gust of strong wind. And it may already be obvious to you that solar cells are brittle (easily broken). Therefore you need to handle them with care. Your panel frame may also bend and break during site installation if it lacks strength.
Common mistake #3: Failure to Vapor-Proof Your Solar Panels
After many months, vapor tends to seep through many types of sealant. They corrode metallic parts and encourage mould to grow. This is the time when some of our DIY solar projects break down. Therefore it is important to buy the correct type of sealant to prevent vapor from getting into the recesses of your solar panel.
By knowing and avoiding these 3 pitfalls, you are already on the way to building a successful solar energy project. Although there are other pitfalls you might encounter, most of the mistakes can be corrected easily. They will not catapult the success of your project. So keep these points in mind while constructing your first solar panel.