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Photovoltaic Cells For Sale – Inexpensive PV Cells For Solar Panels

Reducing Your DIY Solar Array Cost

If you are making a DIY home solar panel system, one of the biggest expenses of your project would be the solar cells. How many solar cells do you need?

The number of Photovoltaic (PV) cells needed will depend on the size of the solar panel. If you have a large solar panel, you would need more solar cells to cover the surface area.

There are many ways to reduce your solar energy project cost. You can save a couple of hundred dollars here and there if you are will to do some preliminary work.

Would you like to know where to find cheap solar cells for your home solar power system? There is one place on the internet that you can get cheap PV cells, but as I’ve mentioned earlier, you have to do some work. You can find cheap solar cells at eBay.

eBay is the largest auction site on the web. There are literally millions of people trading stuffs within the portal. That would include people that want to get rid of their excess solar cells.

Here’s the catch. Not all of the PV cells are in good working condition. Some may even be broken or cracked. The work that you have to do is going through all the listings of solar cells in eBay.

Finding Cheap Solar Cells on eBay

Here’s what you need to do to get cheap solar cells from eBay. First, go to eBay main web site at Next, type in “solar cells” on the search box on the top left. Click on the “Search” button. eBay search engine will now list all the PV cells on sale or up for auction.

Go through all of the offers and auction to find the one which best suit your requirement. When you’ve find the right deal, you can start to make your bid or offer. But before you do so, you have to get an account with eBay. It’s a pretty simple process.

When you’ve found the right offer for inexpensive solar cells, now is the time to be prudent. Make sure the listing price is inclusive of transport charges which will be quite expensive.

Have the seller guarantee the PV cells condition for 30 days. If the cells are any good, they will do this for you to make the sale. When you receive the shipment, make sure you check all the solar cells for cracks.

Here’s a tip that you can use. To find good offers, make sure you do a search for cheap solar cells on eBay at least twice a week. Many people are coming into eBay to sell solar panels or kit. You want to be on a constant lookout for these kind of deals.

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There is a simpler and faster way how you can enjoy the benefits of using a solar power system at your home, you can actually purchase a complete residential solar power system from

The Sunforce 50048 60 watt home solar power kit has been in Amazon’s best seller category for months. The entire system is ready to go and start generating electricity. All you have to do is buy a couple deep cycle batteries, lay down the Photovoltaic panels on your roof, connect it to the charge controller and you are all set.

The entire home solar kit cost less than $270 with Amazon free Super Saving Shipping. Click on the Amazon button on the right for more information on Sunforce 50048 system.

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  4. Jacob F October 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I second everything bill said.

    Lets do some math here assuming a $200 solar panel making 75 watts is all you need. 75 watts x 8 hours a day x 365 days a year = 219 kw-hrs a year.

    Now my utility company charges $0.11 per kw-hr. So, 219 x 0.11 = $24 a year. And, $200/$24 = over 8 years payback!! So the hard facts show a ideal $200 system will save you 24/12 = $2 whole dollars a month!! I love how he mentions powering appliances with the system. It only puts out enough power for one light bulb at peak times. People need to get a clue about renewable energy.

  5. Dennis Fisher December 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I am not doing this to save electric bill costs, per se. I don’t want to rely on the utilities (ie: government) to control my existence. I also want to be self reliant and manage my costs without a multitude of fees and taxes added to my bill and huge future increases. Finally, if I buy a complete installed system here, I will pay about $12,000 in this area. I can do it for $2000 and still get rebates and tax credits. The payback, to me, is the assurance that no one is going to shut me off!

  6. Linda March 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I am with the fellow above. In 2012 there are supposed to be solar flares so most scientists and NASA agree that it could knock all electric grids off for a long long time. this is just a step in maybe being self reliant. I hope this doesn’t happen but if it does I’d like to have my own power even if it were for a limited amount of time per day. everything I own and operate just about is electric except the gas heat and i do have some electrical energy efficient heaters and the water is gas and the stove is electric. I am electrically inclined. I will be lost without my internet if this happens and noone has electricity. I am having a hard time finding cheap photovoltaic cells to build my own grid with. If I don’t find those I will be sunk, but for now I am looking. I also intend to put in a wind turbine because the wind picks up when the sun goes down. If I can find cheap cells I’ll be in heaven! That would be a good business for someone to go into if they could sell them cheaper than anyone else! HInt Hint all you people out of work. Start building diy solar and wind energy needs. I bet you if I get mine up I will influence 100 others to do the same. They’ll know if she can do it I can do it; Anything you can do to be more self reliant is a good thing. I’m doing insulation as well windows and walls.

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  8. Ray March 10, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I am looking to build my own solar cells but can’t find anyone just selling th photovoltaic cells for me to put together into the solar panel….any ideas where to look?

  9. Scot C StClair March 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Ditto to Ray. I’ve looked on Ebay and other sites too. It seems that the folks that sell the cells on Ebay have to get them from somewhere! So how do we get to those kind of supply deals? Surely someone would have a clearing house for these and good supplies for us cost cutting no nonsense comsumers, who just might have the guts and ingenuity to cut out the middlemen!

  10. GranPa Chuck April 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Have to agree with most of the comments above. As my purpose also is to start to become energy free from the Electric Companies. As far a e-bay, one has to watch the sellers… And yes, give us a real link to the Original Source.

  11. Jackson April 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I have also been searching for individual cells to build my solar panels , but looks like the cell companies dont want to share that information… guess they would lose business if we all built our own panels.. thanks

  12. John May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi Will,

    Thanks for the post. I am looking to make up some rather unorthodox solar panels.

    I live in Mijas near Malaga Southern Spain.

    My idea is to build some solar panels 400cm x 15cm x 10cm. To replace the pergola’s on my roof and

    keep the athstetics of the building.

    Thank you for your help.


  13. Shing Chin May 10, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Hi, Will.

    I’m from Malaysia, planning to build a solar system for home but a bit confuse on the equipment combination and hope you can help me on my questions.

    For example
    My monthly electricity usage is about 840 KWh, but I only need to setup for some small electric appliances may be 100W-200W per hour.

    If I’m using
    a) one unit of 20-30 watt solar panel
    b) one unit 20A solar charge controllers
    c) one unit 500W Inverter
    d) two units 18Ah 12V Battery

    a) Will it be enough power and battery backup during night time, or when I added more electric appliances during day / night time.
    b) Malaysia is using 220-230V of electric appliances, will it reduce half of the battery backup times if I using the formula from most of the website calculations.
    c) Using the 20A solar charge controllers and 500W Inverter, any problem if I change or expand to 50-90watt solar panel
    d) How to match the solar panel watt with the charge controller of inverter
    e) In Malaysia, do you know anywhere can source for quality solar products
    f) Any problem when added up more 18Ah 12V Battery or with higher Ah battery

    Thanks in advance.

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  15. John V June 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Yes ebay and paypal is a slime pit of illegal activity I would never trust either one.
    Where can we get the real deal on cells?

  16. William June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Jacob, as a quick reply to this. We in Ontario Canada have a government incentive which pays us 80.2c/ kw hr ( 20yr contract ). I have built 4 x 10Kw ( one on each 4 properties ) it pays on average 700$/mth. thats 2.8k/mth… the cost to build all 4 was 25k. The system paid for itself in 8mths and now its all gravy. you could live off that income :)

  17. Solar Panel Systems June 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    It would be a great thing for having these cheaper solar panels. Public is longing it for a long time. Now it would be possible for them to use it because they could afford it now for having it.

  18. Paul June 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

    My name is Paul Bryak & I just wanted to thank you for your very informative emails about solar power. I am just getting started & really appreciate all of the helpful information. I do have one question about solar cells, are the better manufacturers to try to use? I’m looking for dependable solar cells that will last awhile. And secondly, where do you recommend the best place to buy them is?

    Thanks again for your help & have a great day!


  19. dr chaudry sarwar July 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    i liked your site, it is informative and encourging for those who like to build their own solar system. i would request you that please arrange a programme which take step by step even for simple layman

  20. Liz H. August 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Has anyone heard of the process developed at MIT for “printing” the PV cells? You can read about it here:

    Hopefully this will help lower the cost of solar power.

  21. james towne December 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Ebay sellers are the wholesalers. They buy in pallets for about .75 cents a cell and sell them for 25 to 50 cents more. They look for quantity and make money off it

  22. Will December 22, 2011 at 1:04 am

    During the last few years, solar technology has shown such a tremendous expansion that the new type photovoltaic cells very efficiently convert the Sun’s rays into energy. For this very reason, residential photovoltaic system has become very popular for residential uses.

    By making a primary solar cell with the help of the solar kit and the utility instructions it contains, one can produce electricity in his own house without relying on outside sources. Why you are encouraged into the ` Do It Yourself ` endeavor is, that you can make your own solar cells ,assemble them in a solar panel and thus install your own solar energy system at a much lower cost, than what you would have spent for trade installations.

    Be aware that the home made solar panel can compete with the best you get from a trader. For this, you have to follow the step by step written tips and video, making possible to read and watch visually. Would you not make your home made solar cells, which you can surely do yourself?

    In the present world scenario, the United States is consuming 20% of world`s oil annually through import, against the 2% of the country`s own reserves, impelling continued dependence on foreign supplies. The country also needs oil to produce electricity for domestic and business purposes, besides the growing need of vehicles.

    The countries like India and china dominating eastern economies now have become major oil consumers, leading to competition for the oil reserves of the world. Hence, America has to look out for other sources of energy than fossil fuels.

    Just my 2 cents thought :)

  23. Bob March 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    There are a lot of considerations here, one being that you see systems that produce “60 watts”, or “100 watt panels” and such. What is unsaid is just what all do you need to replace a 100 AMP basic home service at 120 volts? Or even a decent fraction of the total that a house needs in order to run? I do want to do this without having to replace all the appliances with 12 volt models, to include powering a 240 volt tankless water heater. This kind of information would be far more helpful than the stuff I have seen so far. Also, I have noted huge differences in the output rating of PV cells for sale online, so there has to be information somewhere that clarifies what ones are the most desirable, in order to make a good purchase decision.

  24. Stuart Hardee March 27, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Power lesson. A watt is volts times amps so to provide the 100A service you need 12000 watts (100 x 120). So if you get a 100 watt panel that produced a 120 volt output that woud be .833 amps. I would like to get off the grid too, but I would have to see a house running by itself with no outside power connections to believe that a roof full of cells is running a house. With those 100 watt panels you would need 120 of them to get 12000 watts but the power output would be DC and you need a power inverter to change that to AC. I have not seen an inverter that large but I think I could run my home on a generator from Lowe’s for a LOT less than the price of the inverter alone. In fact if you get a 3 phase electric motor that was rated at 200 amps running current and an older diesel engine that used a mechanical injection pump and get some restaurant to give you their old cooking grease you can make all the power you will ever need, NO solar cells needed.

  25. Ron P. April 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    You can get cheap to free solar cells at your states Department Of Transportation. They get rid of ones that have cracks in them but they still work. I got all of mine for free. Some worked and some didn’t.

  26. Jeff Brown July 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    It’s about time someone, broke it down and tell the real facts. People/sales like to make you feel like your powering your whole house and really sticking it to the power grid company. Thank You, if I’d known this I would not have even messed with what I have now; 130 w. solar – 400 w. wind turbine that is only useful 2 months out of the year!!! I like them Chevy Volt commercials, quote>”I haven’t bought gas for 40 k miles”. Don’t say >But, my electric bill flew out the window!!!!

  27. Ed Jenkins July 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

    if you want to power your 100A service with solar panels only, you’re right, you need more than 120 panels, to cover the losses from resistance and inverters. And when the sun goes down you won’t have any power at all…
    However, I don’t think anyone powers their home only from panels. you can use the power to charge batteries if you want to be free from the grid. Or you can feed the power back into the grid, and run your power meter backward. in some areas the power company pays you for the excess power you generate.
    So what you need to do is figure out how much energy you use per day, then calculate how many panels you will need to generate that much energy during the daylight hours.
    I use about 12kw per day, and I’m in southern california, so I get about 6hrs of sunlight per day. If I use 100W panels, I’d need 20 panels to cover 100% of my energy usage. 12000W/100W/6hrs = 20. plus I’ll need a little more to cover losses, so maybe 21 or 22 panels. but not 120. AND I’m not pumping out diesel fumes near my family.

  28. miguelito dobrishniakov January 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    So, do you have some broken or damaged photovoltaic cell to sell or are you wasting your and my time?

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