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Earth4 Energy Scam – Is The Earth4Energy E-book A Fraud?




After looking through my blog traffic log, I notice a lot of people are looking for answer about Michael Harvey’s Earth 4 Energy e-book. A lot of people wanted to know whether Earth 4 Energy is a scam.

Since so many people wanted to know if it’s a fraud, I thought of writing a post about it.

The Promise Made By Earth4Energy

When you first visit Michael’s main web site at www.earth4energy.com, you are greeted with a large red headline, “How to make your own solar panels for less than $200“. That is the main benefit that they promised you will get out of the manual.

Is it possible? Can you build a DIY solar panel with such a low budget?

It is fair to say, if an everyday Joe can’t construct the solar module within the suggested budget, wouldn’t that proves Earth 4 Energy is a scam?

Then again, if a person follows the instructions laid out in the guide and managed to complete the project within the said budget, it is a good chance the e-book is legit.

I wanted to test my theory therefore I decided to do some research.

Building An Inexpensive Solar Panel

As you can see from the diagram above, it shows the costing of a typical DIY solar panel. As it turns out, the total cost for the panel is only $98.20.

I have some doubt about the figure…so let’s do some digging.

From the costing, the most expensive item is the solar cells. It is $67.50 or about 68% of the overall budget.

I wanted to find out if the Photovoltaic (PV) costing is accurate.

Cheap Solar Cells at Ebay

According to Earth4Energy, the place to find cheap solar cells is at Ebay. The homemade solar panel suggested in the manual requires 36 pieces of 3” x 6” cells. The total power output of the panel is about 18 volt and approximately 75 watts of electricity.

It took me about 10 minutes to find the right kind of solar cells I am looking for. The closest listing that I could find in Ebay is 36 pieces of 3” x 5” PV cells with an offer price of $56.50.

The end figure is quite close to the budget suggested in the Earth 4 Energy guide.

The Conclusion

So, is Earth 4 Energy a fraudulent scam?

As it turns out, the DIY solar module costing is quite accurate.
Michael Harvey is assuming most of us have some of the building material such as paint, Plexiglas, copper wire etc available in our garage therefore he did not account for that.

Well, the fact it, we may not have these items with us.

The material has to be bought from a hardware store. However, I don’t think it is going to be very expensive. An additional $20 would have been enough to cover the cost. The most expensive item is still the solar cells.

After my research, it IS possible to build a home solar panel for less than $150. Earth 4 Energy promised you’ll learn how to get is done for less than $200.

Personally, I think Michael Harvey’s claim is legit.

I understand some readers may be skeptical and I respect their opinion. If you would like to put in your thoughts, feel free to write in the comment box below.

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By | 2012-11-05T10:02:12+00:00 July 26th, 2009|Earth 4 Energy|35 Comments

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  8. Joe Electro August 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    One thing Michael doesn’t tell you is that homemade solar panels can catch on fire and burn your house down. And it nullifies your homeowner’s insurance. And even if they don’t burn down your house they won’t last nearly as long as commercially built cells.

  9. richard September 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    the 60 day warrant for earth4energy diy book is not a very long time considering you have to read the material, order parts, assemble and test the system. a six month warranty seems to be a little more realistic.

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  16. Irwin October 30, 2009 at 4:20 am

    After pricing all the materials and building the panel, you will find that it is not nearly big enough to power much. It produces about 75watts thats barely enough to light up a lamp. So to actually make one to run a house its going to cost you about $30,000. Pay back time will take years to recover if you can.

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  18. Solar Panels For Home November 23, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I just finished my solar panel. It was easy and fun and it produces 50W. To be honest you can get all the info of how to do it for free. Just go to google and type DIY solar panels.

  19. Cornu December 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Haha, the “costing” of enough solar panels to power a house would be on the order of $20,000, not $200. What you got there, if you managed to wire it together out of broken pieces from Ebay, would be enough to power a 75 watt light bulb at best.

    Plus, this “expert” reviewer forgot to mention the need for an inverter and for batteries – which would be thousands also. This shows either that the reviewer knows nothing about solar power, or is just a shill for the seller of the original product. The latter is most likely true. I bet this comment will get taken down anyway, but in case it isn’t, this is a laughable scam to make people buy useless info.

  20. admin December 30, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I agree with Cornu about the costing. I believe it will cost you upwards of $40,000 to have a complete solar power system installed at your home by a professional solar contractor.

    The cost of $200 is only for 1 DIY solar panel. It can be build with 36 pieces of 3” x 6” cells. The total power output of the panel is about 18 volt and approximately 75 watts of electricity.

    What can you do with it?

    Not a lot actually. But you can use it to charge a 12 volts deep cycle battery. The charging time will be quite long though. After some time, the battery will be fully charged and you can use it to power any of your electrical devices.

    If you need Alternate Current (AC), just use a power inverter. If you want to reduce the battery charging time, build more DIY solar panel and hook them up to the battery unit.

    ‘Will

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  26. Do the MAth April 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Hey one panel 75 watts @ $200
    20 panels = $4000
    1 inverter @ $2500
    = 225kw of power @ 5 Hrs of sunlight over 30 days
    That’s 80% of a typical home. for $6500.
    Not bad but no where near the ” I think it would $40,000 dollars”

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  29. Rajiv August 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

    So, if it can produce 75w – It should be able to run the landscape LED lights all night!! Comments? The newer 6-9-12 LED flashlights running of 4.5volts are quite bright and they cost about $2 @ Home Depot and half the price/$1 on ebay. I experimented, on a dark night, by placing a pair 10′ feet apart and 30′ away from the house (white) @ about 30 degree angle and they lit the house better than a full moon. My next step is to get about 10 of them and connect them in parallel and see how well they brighten up. I hope to use only one panel, charge up a car battery (for the night use) and hope to light up the house all night. Feasible?

  30. Scott October 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    If you can afford a house that is nice enough to bother with night time accent lighting you can probably afford to buya real system to light it up with. LED Flashlights running off a homemade solar panel? no…

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  33. Larry January 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Well I don’t know about buying into someones plans when you can find many good DIY plans all over the internet. I do know that you can build some really nice aluminum frame solar panels for under $175 that I guarantee will last 30 years with minimum maintenance and little if any difficulty. Also it is somewhat expensive to build a large enough battery bank to power your house but over time can be done. Also if your smart and have the room in your yard and add wind power also that can be DIY built for around $600 including pole and guy wires you can have a hybrid system with battery backup. Add your low cost $600 1000w grid tie inverter from off eBay and some unique addons to an electric water heater from Missouri Wind and power and I really think it snubs all you skeptics. I want to add that if and only if you really suck at wiring in those panels, burning down your house is the very least of your problems! All in all though my point is for less than $3000 you can build a hybrid system with about a 4 battery backup producing power to the inverter which would feed the grid 1000 watts for lets say 16 hours a day just to account for undesirable days; and that = 16kw x 30 days = 480kw a month x .11 cents a kw = $52.80 savings. That is half my bill for the summer month. Not bad for homebuilt systems and I can always keep adding to it.

  34. William wilson May 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I think the key to the whole solar and wind options is the battery banks. Sure if you wanted to build enough panels to power your house without a battery system it’s going to cost plenty. You combine solar for day, wind for day and night, make some changes in your power usage you could get off pretty cheap compared to the commercial systems. Hell the only things that use a lot of power in my house are the Frig and TV. I’ve gone all CFL and LED in my house for lighting and rarely use my furnace or AC and there are other ways to heat and cool your house if you are creative. Solar water heaters can be used for more than just heating your water.

  35. Mike Ball October 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I’m 63 and a DIY person. Building my own solar panels is not something I would do. The payback needs to be equal to purchasing store bought panels, and, that payback inlcludes all the attributes of a store bought panel.
    Building your own system using store made parts is going to require a good degree of skill and knowledge to begin with. This isn’t the same thing as scratch buuilding your own shed which may or may not turn out square or level and won’t necessairly be a disaster. This sounds like a good way to end up losing money and could be a big waste of time.
    This is a “think ahead with you head” moment.

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