A blog by Mel Riser about LifeBoat Permaculture and Solar Villages

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More Panels

Well My Solar Village picked up another 600 watts in panels yesterday from Meridian Energy Systems


I have been scrounging broken Photovoltaic panels and "rehabilitating" them into usable energy producing panels.

When a solar panels glass cracks, the underlying silicon is still good and will still make electricity. Just not up to full spec... as the glass causes some diffusion.

So my strategy is to put a polyurethane sealer on the panel to keep water out, and it seems to be working.

so for all of you who say they cannot afford solar panels, go ask for the broken ones... that would be enough to get you started.



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