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A Brief History of Photovoltaics: How Did it All Begin?

May 12, 2010

The study of photovoltaics dates back to 1839 when the photovoltaic effect was first discovered. Credit for this amazing discovery goes to French physicist Alexandre Edmond Becquerel, who stumbled upon it while conducting experiments with electrodes and electrolyte.

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Where to Find the Best Information on Solar Panels

May 12, 2010

Scouring the internet to find the best information on solar panels is not easy. So much has been written on the topic. At first glance it appears that there are few, if any, sources that provide all around good information on solar panels

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Solar Panel Companies. Who are the Best Solar Panel Manufacturers?

May 12, 2010

Top solar panel companies who have been in business for several years and who have earned a reputation for superior warranty support have a distinct advantage over the fledgling solar panel manufacturer.

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Buying Discount Solar Panels

May 11, 2010

A cheap solar panel does not necessarily mean a substandard solar panel. There are many quality dealers that move a high volume of solar panels and are able to offer great prices even for small quantities.

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Finding a Solar Panel Supplier

May 11, 2010

There are a multitude of solar panel manufacturers. Approximately 2 dozen qualify as top-notch in terms of design, quality and warranty support. However, very few distribute the panels directly.

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My Youtube Video – How to Build a Solar Panel

April 20, 2010

Just for fun I put together a Youtube video showing how I built my original solar panel. I took a bunch of the photos I collected during the building process and made a short video using Animoto.

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Installing a Schottky Diode in a Solar Panel Circuit. Which Way Round Should it be?

March 13, 2010

Trying to figure out which way to install a Schottky diode in solar panel wiring can be very confusing. Does it really matter which side of the panel the diode is installed?

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Building Solar Panels – Welcome

August 27, 2009

Welcome to my new site dedicated to building photovoltaic solar panels and systems. This site will be targeted to all of you DIY enthusiasts who want to build DIY solar panels on a budget.

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