Everything you need to know about making energy for camping and 4WDing cheaper, from saving a bit by putting your solar cells together from a kit, through to fully making up your own (even goes to using cheap, functional broken cells for fully frugal DIY energy). Also ideas on regrigeration and air-conditioning for off the road and off the grid.
Have you been wanting to add solar panels, but are concerned about the high price?
That’s totally understandable! Buying PV solar panels and having them installed can be really expensive.
A quick Google price search for solar panels shows that for a small “starter” installation (around 50-100W), you can expect to be paying between $2-4/watt for the panels (so around $100-400), plus more for mounts and installation. In addition, you’ll be paying for cables, electronics, and batteries to store all the electricity you’ve harnessed from the sun. All this will typically add up to $1000 to $2000 if you were to get a “basic” RV setup from a solar energy dealer.
But the great news is… If you’re handy, you can save a ton! The more skill you have with basic installation and electronics assembly, the more you can save. In fact, if you’re able and willing to go…
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