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Digital Subscriptions > Hobby Farms > Sept/Oct 2019 > DIY Solar PANELS


Build your own solar panels to provide power to your homestead.

Several years ago, my father — Don Adams, the co-author of this article — and I had arrived early to set up for our first do-it-yourself solar presentation. Looking at the rows of empty chairs, he asked: “How many people do you think will show up to this? How many would really be crazy enough to try this on their own?” As the time arrived for our talk, though, it was standing room only. The convention organizers had us announce that our event was at capacity. The hallway traffic had stopped moving, and people had trouble getting to other events.

Since then, we have given dozens of presentations and continue to get the same amount of interest, despite the fact that prices are considerably more affordable now. I’d like to think that we’re good speakers and draw crowds. I believe, though, so many people attend because few topics speak so powerfully to self-sufficiency as energy independence.

We started in do-it-yourself solar because of the associated costs. When we began looking into a 6-kilowatt system, the average price, installed, was more than $45,000 ($7.55 per watt). The salesperson couched the expense in terms of an “investment;” over 14 years, it would pay for itself.

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