Well, solar friend, don't you worry. I'm here to tell you about a sweet technique to make waterproof solar panels out of silicon cells with NO soldering, NO glass, and NO money down. All you need a cheapo Staples laminator (got mine for $15 from the Chinese version of Staples down the street in Hong Kong, 钉了!), a few simple materials and an iron will.
It takes about five minutes to make a small panel, and they're delightfully sturdy, waterproof and easy. Ready? Once more into that shiny solar breach!
(no, not that one)
p.s. My boy Chill Solar Dude is coming along on this instructable hayride to drop some ill narration on us. How's it hanging, CSD?