make your own solar panels? really?

I’ve been spending some time on Twitter lately, and I’ve noticed more and more Twitterers with “eco” in their names who are doing a hard-sell on “DIY” solar energy. (I’m not going to link to them as all the sites I’ve seen are potentially spam-y.) It got me curious, so I did a little poking around. At Re-Nest, I read about Sungevity, a Berkeley-based site designed to make it easier to equip your home with traditional solar panels. And TreeHugger has a story on someone who made his own solar panels with damaged panels purchased on eBay. But aside from the super-salesy sites, I haven’t found much on build-it-yourself solar panels. So I’m throwing it to you — what do you know about this, and where can we find out more? –Mary T.

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Photo via Re-Nest by Hardy Wilson, San Fransisco Chronicle

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Tiffany S.

Hmmm, I’ll have to investigate though I’m not letting my hubby up on the roof.

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Laura

Sadly, I think some of the sites are probably scams. I saw as ad for one on another blog I read and I looked at the site (Power4home.com). Doing a quick seplace, I found them on Ripoffreport.com a number of times. Apparently there are some more legit videos on YouTube though.

Here in Brazil there’s a lot of projects (ever supported by government) to use plastic bottles and milk cartons to heat water.
I couldn’t find any reference in english, but here’s a pdf witho instructions
http://www.meioambiente.pr.gov.br/arquivos/File/meioambiente/solar.pdf
and a video:
http://www2.tvcultura.com.br/reportereco/materia.asp?materiaid=104

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Plastic bottles might seem a bit dodgy. Try pouring boiling water in to one and see it melt like butter. For air and water heating maybe copper piping or for cheapness, empty drink cans seem to be the thing.

Chelsea

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