Has John Russel’s Power4Home e-book appeared on the Popular Mechanics web portal? Sometimes in the past, it has actually.
Appearing on the Popular Mechanics portal is not that difficult, all you have to do is purchase a banner ad on the web site. My guess is, that is what John Russel did.
Does this mean Popular Mechanics endorses the Power4Home guide?
Far from it. Anyone or any organization can buy advertisement there. The advertising program was setup to generate revenue for the Popular Mechanics portal. Whether the DIY home solar power guide by John works or not is another matter.
If you are planning to use solar power to reduce your home electricity consumption, what the Power4Home e-book will do for you is show you how to make a DIY solar panel with minimal cost. As a matter of fact, you can make the Photovoltaic (PV) panel with a budget of less than $150.
You will still need some capital investment to purchase other solar components such as charge controller, deep cycle batteries, power inverter, circuit breakers etc.
If you want a reasonable size residential solar power system, the amount of budget you need to set aside ranges from $1000 – $1500. To get a system built with a budget less than that will be a challenge.
If you want to get start with a homemade solar power system, the Power4Home is a good reference guide you can use.