Looking for a big summer project? We found something you might love: Instructables user MacOSJoey has drafted plans for creating a home solar system, starting with something small -- a 10-watt charger for his laptop -- and building up to an expandable system that now charges the family's cell phones, laptops and some lights.
The system uses parts you can easily find anywhere from online stores to hardware stores to stuff laying around in the garage. While the instructables is interesting for inspiration to create your own system, the best part about it is watching the maker come up with solutions, troubleshoot for new applications for the system, and in general DIY a solar system that works for the family's needs. Pretty great project to check out!