How to get
solar panels for free and save
big time on your photovoltaic project.
Imagine, one of the most expensive parts of your solar
project, just disappearing. This is essentially what happens when you can get free or
really cheap solar panels. Getting solar panels for free makes solar powering your home a lot
more affordable and allows you build a bigger, more powerful solar energy system for less.
Ok, great! But how do you get free solar power panels?
How To Get Free Solar
Getting free solar PV panels is a subject that is very
popular at the time. This is due to the fact that more people than ever before are seeking out
and finding free solar power panels consistently. Why do you think there are so many people on
EBay selling groups of used solar panels so often?
Most of these people just got them for free from people and companies that were upgrading to
newer solar modules.
See, free solar panels are out there. It's inevitable. In fact very often, old or used solar
panels end up in the trash, with many people even paying good money to have them hauled away and
Believe me, almost all of these people would probably rather have you take them away for free
than pay money to a trash or rubbish removal company for the same thing. If you're really smooth,
you could even end up getting paid to take way free PV panels. Wow!
It's just a matter of knowing how to find the people and companies that are upgrading to newer
solar panels and asking for them.
Getting Free PV Panels From Solar
One pretty easy and direct way of getting free
solar power panels is to contact solar installers. If they think you're a
potential customer who may later use their services, they will generally be very co-operative
and try to get you onto the whole solar thing, just so you can be dependent on their services
later. Little do they know that you visited SolarPoweraHouse.com and know a bit more than they
think about solar powering a house yourself. You're just looking for free PV panels.
Anyway, without making this method too sneaky, ask the solar installer if they know of anybody
who wants to get rid of their old solar panels and will let you take them away for free.
If you want to, you can even offer to help the installer remove them from the home, that's free
labour that the installer would normally have to pay someone for.
Odds are, if you do this a dozen times, you could end up with a good score of
free photovoltaic panels, more than once.
If this was to happen, you would be able to eliminate a huge portion of the cost and expense to
solar power your home. Plus you would also be able to build a bigger system that can harvest more
How To Get Solar Panels With Want
Another way to get free PV panels that works for
some people is to use want ads in newspapers (or on websites) that reach a wide audience
of people who might have what you are looking for. Renewable energy newspapers, websites or
even "solar themed" blogs and online forums are great for this.
In your ad (whether newspaper or online), say something like: "Free Solar Panel
Removal", or maybe something like: "We Remove and Recycle Old Solar Panels Free".
You never know, with more and more people getting into solar power these days, you could get
many interested people who want to take you up on this. You might end up with more free solar power
panels than you can take.
Solar Panels For Free From Traffic Sign
Many people also get solar panels that are
damaged from highway equipment rental companies for free.
These sign rental contractors usually have some slightly cracked solar panels that got hit and
damaged by vehicles on the road. When this happens, they have to declared them unsafe even though
they still work and end up throwing them out / replacing them.
All you have to do to get solar panels for free is look for those blinking highway signs and get
the telephone number off the sign itself. Then call and ask the shop maintenance manager if they
have any free damaged solar panels. Sometimes it helps to get your kids to call and say they are
for a school project. Also, going to their location in person can bring better results as they see
you are serious about taking them now.
You really can end up getting some expensive and powerful solar panels for free using this
method. Some of the free solar panels reportedly obtained can cost up to $2400 and more! Although
most of these panels will only output about 50% - 75% of their normal capacity, it's still an
outstanding value for free. If you want to
learn more about how much solar panels cost click here to go to the Cost of Solar Panels section of
More Roof Space
One thing you should be aware of when using free PV panels is that due to
the fact that some of these panels may not be producing at full capacity, you may require more
roof space to make the same amount of power.
For example: If your 500 watt panel is only producing 250 watts, then you'll need to
use two of them (double the space) to get the same power. To learn more about how to test solar panels to
make sure they are working properly click here to go to the Solar Panel Testing section of our
Repairing Damaged Free Solar Power
Sometimes the free solar power panels you end up with need some repair. Since solar panels don't
have many complicated moving parts, this is sometimes very easy to do.
Cracked solar panels can often be
repaired by doing something as simple as applying some clear silicone to seal the cracks.
A simple soldering iron can repair broken connections in free PV panels and you can always
use a multi-meter to check their output, just to be sure they're working. If you want to learn more about soldering solar panels
you can go to the Make Solar Panels section of our website.
Buying Cheap Solar
If you don't feel like doing all of the work involved in the methods for getting free
solar panels listed above, you can opt to buy cheap solar panels from people who did use the
above methods to get them and now want to make a small profit from them.
You can find these exceptional offers on websites
such as ebay.com or craigslist.com, start a free account and buy as many cheap solar panels as
Although this method involves you dishing out some of your own money, it also
eliminates a lot of the hard work of getting free solar power panels. Since these people
probably got their solar panels for free, they are usually more than happy to get rid of them
for very cheap and you end up getting them for "practically" free.
One of the advantages to this approach, is that unlike free solar panels, the
panels you get have usually already been tested and proven to work. You don't have to
end up with 47 useless solar panels in your garage you must now dispose of. Always get a receipt
for what you buy, just in case of foul play.
In essence, you are trading a little bit of money for the luxury of having a lot of
the leg work done for you. That works for me.
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