The good people of GoSol have spent years trying to eradicate energy poverty by bringing solar energy to the masses. To that end, they have just released a free solar concentrator (Sol1) construction guide that aims to teach communities how to harness solar energy using low-cost DIY technology. Which means getting off the grid is no longer a luxury confined to the rich.
“Solar energy for all” is more than just a slogan for the crew at GoSol; the company has been bringing solar energy access to even the most off-the grid communities for years. The GoSol concentrators power solar thermal devices that provide heat energy to communities without contaminating the environment.
The new Sol1 guide covers all of the information necessary to construct a 0.5kW solar concentrator with a mirrored surface area of about 1 square meter. The total cost of the solar device ranges from $79 to $145 in materials. The 1.5m3 device, which is made from angle-iron, box tubing and flat steel bars, can be built in approximately one week. The free solar concentrator guide can be found at the GoSol website.
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