Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Power4Patriots?
A: Power4Patriots is a series of Do-It-Yourself videos and manuals showing how to build your own solar panels, wind turbine, solar water heater and solar heater. The videos and manuals are in electronic format (ie PDF manuals) and delivered on a CD-ROM disk shipped to you in the mail, plus you'll have instant online access to the materials so you can get started on the project right away. Some of the bonuses may also include DIY information and guides on solar cookers, disaster preparation and water survival.
Q: Can I see Power4Patriots on TV or in newspapers?
A: Yes! Power4Patriots has been seen on hundreds of websites such as GlennBeck.com and PersonalLiberty.com, as well as news outlets such as The Blaze and WND. For recent news stories, interviews and press releases about Power4Patriots, please visit our Newsroom. Power4Patriots is also currently appearing on Glenn Beck's TheBlaze TV; you can watch our TV spot here.
Q: Where can I find customer reviews of Power4Patriots?
A: For recent customer reviews of Power4Patriots, please visit our Testimonials page or watch this YouTube video from a solar expert.
Q: What is the price of the Power4Patriots system?
A: Currently the price is $27 plus shipping for the CD-ROM & online materials. Order yours here. There is also a hard copy printed book available for $27 here and a deluxe platinum package that includes the hard copy printed book, 3 DVDs plus online materials available for $67 here.
Q: I don't have a credit card, can I send a money order or check?
A: Yes! Simply click here for our mail order form and return it to us at the address on the bottom of the form.
Q: Is it safe to buy online?
A: Buying online is absolutely one of the safest ways to shop! SSL Certificates authenticate our identity, and encrypt the information visitors enter on our site. This keeps thieves from "overhearing" any exchange between our Web page and another computer. When an SSL Certificate is installed, you can rest assured that the information you send is secured and can't be viewed by cyber crooks.
Our SSL certificate enables the browser and Web server to build a secure, encrypted connection. The SSL "handshake" process, which establishes the secure session, takes place discreetly behind the scenes without interrupting your shopping experience. A padlock icon in the browser's status bar and the "https://" prefix in the URL are the only visible indications of a secure session in progress.
The Power4Patriots checkout page is secured with a GoDaddy.com Web Server Certificate. Transactions on the site are protected with up to 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer encryption. Encryption means that all data transmitted is scrambled so even if something went awry, it would be meaningless to any unintended receiver.
We use a third-party credit card processor that meets the strictest international standards for data security to manage our credit card payments, so no one ever has access to your credit card information. We do NOT keep your credit card number on file.
Q: Is it possible to order the Power4Patriots guides separately?
A: The Power4Patriots guides are intended to be used as an integrated system, and cannot be purchased on their own. Selling everything as a package allows us to keep our prices low. Additionally, all the guides in the system are vital for maximizing the efficiency of the Power4Patriots system.
Q: Are customers permitted to print physical copies of the Power4Patriots system?
A: As one of our valued customers, you are able to download the Power4Patriots system to your home computer or print yourself copies for personal use at any time. We also offer updates whenever the books are updated, as some of the relevant information, such as regulatory guidelines, are subject to change. Finally, we have a hard copy printed book available for $27 here and a deluxe platinum package that includes the hard copy printed book, 3 DVDs plus online materials available for $67 here.
Q: How much does it cost to build a solar panel?
A: In our example we build a solar panel for under $200 USD. An equivalent solar panel purchased retail would cost 3 or 4 times that amount. Although it is possible to build a solar panel for under $200, you may spend more depending on quantities of supplies you purchase, current pricing in the market and your ability source materials at discount prices. Basically we're saying... "results may vary".
Q: Can "anyone" build a solar panel?
A: You need a basic knowledge of tools and working with wood or other materials. Our videos and guides assume you are not a "handyman" type person, however you do need a basic knowledge of working with tools and materials. Your ability to safely use tools and perform a do-it-yourself project is important, so young children or impaired persons should not attempt these projects. Some of our customers prefer to have a licensed electrician install their projects for them. While this comes with a cost, most find that this still puts the total cost of the Power4Patriots system far below that of commercially manufactured systems.
Q: How much time does it take to build a solar panel?
A: Your first solar panel will take the most time to build. It took us half a day to build the first panel, however we were able to get that time down to just a few hours using pre-tabbed cells and having a "system" in place.
Q: Can I power my entire house with DIY solar panels?
A: This is theoretically possible but not realistic. To offset the power consumption for an entire house, dozens of solar panels would be needed (see this solar sizing calculator to determine how many solar panels you'd need based on your usage and location). Furthermore you cannot hook into your electric power box so the power you generated wouldn't necessary come straight from your wall plugs. Best results are achieved with a combination of using ALL the technologies covered in the system – solar panels, solar thermal hot water, wind turbines, solar air heater and smart energy conservation.
Q: Can I create extra power and sell it back to the electric companies?
A: No! You cannot hook uncertified solar panels up to the city grid. Some of our competition (copycat products) on the market will tell you that you can 'sell power back to the grid' or the 'electric company will be forced to send you a check', but these claims are simply not true.
Q: How much energy can I create from each DIY solar panel?
A: You can decide how much energy your solar panel creates based on how many solar cells you use. We used 36 solar cells that create 70 watts in full sunlight.
Q: Can I buy all the materials I need from local stores?
A: The only material that you can't buy locally will be the "solar cells". All other materials (aluminum, screws, wires, etc) should be available in your local hardware store. There are several places you can buy solar cells and have them shipped almost anywhere around the world. EBay is a good place to start but we also provide resources for you to buy solar cells and wind turbines at discounted prices.
Q: What if my computer crashes and I lose all my files?
A: Computer malfunctions have been a hassle for all of us so when you order the Power4Patriots system you will receive a CD-ROM in the mail with a safe & secure physical copy of all of the material.
Q: How do I open and view the books?
A: Once you've download the manuals to your computer, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Don't worry, Adobe Acrobat Reader costs nothing and it's already installed on most computers. If you don't have it or for some reason your book still won't open, please visit www.Adobe.com to download the newest version and install it. You'll need a video player like Quicktime (available here for free) to watch the videos. If you still have problems, please contact our customer service representative at .
Q: What is your return policy and instructions?
A: If for any reason you're dissatisfied at any time during the first 60 days after purchase, simply return the product and ask for a full refund. You'll get your money back. That's a firm promise and commitment. Please see this page for full return instructions.