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 devicesthat provide heat energy to communities without contaminating the environment.
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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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