Here are 3 ways to find free solar panels or free solar panel parts so you can then create your own panels for home use.
Craigslist is the place to find great deals or even free stuff 24/7. There are tons of deals on Craigslist. I use to search there everyday for used or new solar panels. This is how I found most of my solar cells and pieces of old or tossed solar panels and equipment. In order to save time, I would go to Craigslist and use their search and put in keywords like Solar Cells, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Inverters… You get the idea. I would search almost everyday for every single part and this is how I built my first FREE solar panel. You can see pictures of it here => Create-Energy.com
Solar Panel Manufacturers
Pick up the phone and call every single Solar Panel Manufacture in your area. There are a ton of them now and they are everywhere. When you get someone on the line ask them if they have any broken or discarded solar panels. If they say no ask them if they have any solar cells that didn’t meet their requirements. Either way ask them if you can come pick them up for free. If they don’t like that idea of giving it to you for free then ask them if they would be willing to sell them to you (this is a cheap way of buying them). More than likely they will always be willing to receive money from you. If this doesn’t work, show up to their place of business just before lunch with a pizza. Give it to them and then ask if they have any scraps that they are going to toss anyways. This is also a great place to go with questions or your set up.
Become Friendly With Installers
Solar Panel Installers or Companies that install solar panel systems and tie into existing single family homes or commercial spaces are a great place to get Free Solar Panels. The reason you want to talk with installers is sometimes they pull old solar panel systems off of high end houses and install a new one. Most of the time they just toss this old equipment even if it works. Again you need to become friendly with them by calling them up and asking them if they have any used, broken or discarded solar panels. If they say no then show up with the pizza. One of my friends got the whole system minus some electrical equipment to hook up to his meter and it works great!
If you want to learn where I learned how to install DIY Solar Panels on your house please visit: Power For Home