Homemade Solar Panels
As I just mentioned, homemade solar panels are the cheapest solar panels you can get hands down. And it should make perfect sense why. By purchasing the materials yourself, you save on the cost of the labor involved and the initial price markup. You are really cutting out the manufacturer as another middle man by purchasing the parts you need directly.
Even with homemade solar panels there are ways to get the parts you need for even cheaper.
For example, you can save money by purchasing chipped solar cells. Sure, they may produce slightly less power than a perfectly good solar cell but the price difference can make it quite worth it for many.
But the cheapest solar panels you can make at home are going to be with broken solar cells. Broken solar cells can be purchased for next to nothing because most people do not want to take the time to use them. Sure it is more work but they still produce power the same as any other solar cell, broken or not.
Commercial Solar Panels
If you don’t want to take the time and effort involved in building your own solar panels, then you’ll want to look for the least costly commercially available panels instead. The cheapest solar panels are the ones you buy directly from the manufacturer, since this means paying wholesale, rather than retail prices. However, in order to get wholesale prices, you will often have to buy in bulk. If you plan to build a relatively large array of panels or know other people who are interested in splitting an order, this can work well for you. Regardless, this does involve a larger investment upfront.
If you’re working with a small budget, then it may be better to go ahead and build your own panels and add to your system as your time and funds permit. You may also want to look out for liquidation sales; when manufacturers have excess stock, they would prefer to sell them at deep discounts to invest the proceeds in new products rather than having capital tied up in the form of unsold stock. Liquidation sales are one way to get the very cheapest solar panels on the market, as long as you’re patient enough to wait for a sale to occur.
The choice is left to every consumer to make for themselves. If you like do it yourself projects or have the time to build your own solar panels, then that is an option. If not, then waiting around for a liquidation sale or putting up a larger amount of money upfront could be the answer. The best choice may not be the very cheapest solar panels, but the cheapest panels which work with your budget, interests and free time.