Tag Archives: DIY Solar Projects

Fun & Easy DIY Project: Homemade Air Conditioner – Can be Solar Powered

Great for home, RV, cabin or glamping – glamourous camping.
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Description: Homemade AC Air Cooling unit produces very cold air: 42F in an 80F room.
Items needed: ice chest (hard-sided or styrofoam), pvc pipe, small fan and ice. (small solar panel is optional). Great for space cooling. 3 ways to power it: a solar panel, a battery or an automobile (using 12v socket cigarette plug. Specs: fan: 12VDC 10w 0.8A and solar panel: 15 watt (1 amp). Works best in semi-dry or dry climates. Drier air cools down easier/faster than humid. To run the cooler 100% off-grid check out my solar ice making/freezer videos. – DesertSun02

DIY PV Installation & Passive Solar Sunroom in Gering, Nebraska

By Colin Croft

Brief overview
This article includes a discussion of a DIY installation of a grid-tied 5.4-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system using Enphase microinverters, as well as the conversion of a two-level sunroom into a passive solar heating space using a thermostat-controlled fan/vent system. I also discuss my limited experimentation with micro wind turbines (not for the faint of heart!), and the hardware and software I’ve used to monitor my energy consumption and generation.

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About the Writer
Colin is a philosophy instructor at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, who enjoys hiking, backpacking, biking, birding and generally exploring the wild places of Western Nebraska and nearby western states.

Note to Other Do-it-Yourselfers

If you have completed a DIY solar project and would like to share it with other solar enthusiasts, please email your information to Helen Deffenbacher at nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com.

With a talent for building DIY powerwalls, Jehu Garcia has become the “reluctant battery king”

By Louise Matsakis, Motherboard

Jehu Garcia didn’t expect to be known for working with Lithium-ion batteries. The California-based YouTuber previously started a photography accessories company, and originally thought his life was more about cameras and making videos. “I didn’t want to be known as the battery guy,” Garcia told me on a recent phone call. But then, in 2015, Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Powerwall. The suitcase-sized battery lets homeowners store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The device represented an impressive step forward in alternative energy technology, but it started at $3,000 and could only store 10 KWh of electricity, or about a third the average American household consumes in a day. Inspired by Tesla, battery hobbyists started building their own DIY powerwalls using recycled laptop batteries and hooking them up to solar panels for a fraction of the cost. Read more here.