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Where can I get inexpensive solar panels? Answered

I want about 10 square feet of solar panels.  I don't see any way out of spending at least 300 dollars.  Do any of you know where I could order small flexible squares of solar panels which i could wire together to meet my own needs?  

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bwrussell (author)2012-08-27

Lots of manufactures sell broken panels on eBay for cheap. They still work but will require a bit more work to get them up and running. I know there is at least one Instructable about wiring broken panels.

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Kiteman (author)2012-08-24

Ebay is my instinctive go-to site for stuff like this, because there are often people selling off surplus stock from factory over-runs, especially from China.

Otherwise, approach a manufacturer/supplier directly, asking for free or heavily subsidised cells for this extremely cool and environmentally-significant project that you are creating to publish on a website that gets seven million new hits every month.

Offer to include their details prominentl*y in the write-up, and point out that such sponsorship is not only free advertising, it also establishes the company's social credentials within the growing Maker market.

(*eg "special thanks go out to BigSolarCorp, without whose generosity this project would not have been possible.")

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