1 watt solar panel?

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I’m thinking of getting a solar panel for my house to help cut back on power use (I live in New Mexico). What sort of appliances can I run on a 1 watt solar panel? Is it worth it to get a single watt panel or is it more efficient to get a multi-watt panel?

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3 Responses to “1 watt solar panel?”

  1. Light Knight Says:

    1 watt is a very small amount of electricity.
    The typical household uses several million watt hours per year.
    1 watt would be enough to trickle charge a battery to run an LED nightlight. I believe the little self contained walk lights that I have put out have a 0.35 watt Ni-Cad battery. That could be recharged by a 1 watt solar panel.

  2. Peter J Says:

    If it’s sunny and you have 1500 of them, you can almost power a hair dryer…

    Look at the WATTS…. 40 of those panels can power one crappy light…

  3. roderick_young Says:

    New Mexico is a good area for solar.

    Unfortunately, solar electric panels generally don’t save money over grid electricity until the installed system is large – like, 1000 watts or more, 4000 watts being a common size. This costs many thousands of dollars up front, which hopefully are paid back over the years in electricity savings.

    There are a couple other things to look into, though. The first is conservation and efficiency. If you can shade and insulate your house so that the air conditioner doesn’t run so much, that can pay for itself in a year.

    Also, NM is an excellent place for a solar water heater. Call a solar installer to see how much it would cost. That would pay back in a few years, with a much smaller investment than solar electric.

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