Do not be discouraged at the cost of starting solar energy. You may find it pricy to get the products you need for setting up a solar energy system. But, you will find a much cheaper electric bill every month, paying off the initial start up cost and then some.
You have likely already made the choice to remove your reliance on fossil fuels and start a new life using solar energy as your main source of power. The technology used today is less-harmful on the environment and more efficient than what was in use years ago. Breakthroughs occur every day and every day you could be saving even more.
Construct a solar filter for your camera or telescope with solar mylar film and a steel can. I also experimented with different commonly available mylar wrappers .
Always use non abrasive cleansers on your solar panels. An abrasive cleaner can scratch the surface of the panel and cause permanent damage and affect how well the solar panel works. There are commercial cleaning solutions to use or you can use a pool skimmer with a very soft cloth on it.
Make sure that any solar panels you put up are actually cost effective. While the installation cost can be dented with government assistance, you need to know how long it will take for energy savings to return your investment. Also factor in that you are not likely to get the same amount of power every single month.