Off-grid Solar Shed Workshop


This course aims to demystify and plainly explain solar electricity to those who want to know what goes on beyond the panel.  You will be given practical demos and hands on experience.  You will be shown how to build your own small/medium solar set up for an off-grid cabin, shed, workshop or vehicle.  How to calculate your energy needs and how to size a system. Where to find the parts and how not to pay more than you need to. If you don’t have a project in mind, it is still a good base for your solar curiosity.

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    Available Dates

    Sun 3rd March 2024
    Sat 1st June 2024
    Sun 8th September 2024


    1 day 9.30 - 4.30pm

    An introduction to Solar Electricity: The difference between: AC and DC electricity, 'Off' grid and 'On' grid solar, and 12 and 24 volt solar systems,
    Theory of electricity flow and use, Practical understanding of applications.
    Sizing of the solar system for your needs: There is a little maths here but if you are not maths minded don't worry, once shown the theory you will be shown where and how to get the calculations done for you.
    Types of solar panel: The different panels available, their uses and advantages/disadvantages
    Components: Knowledge of the components needed to collect, store and supply the electricity made by the solar panel, charge controllers, batteries and inverters
    Sourcing the components; new and recycled, pricing and good value
    A practical demonstration and hands-on experience.

    What to Expect

    A hands-on, informal day spent with others interested in self-sufficient solar power. Find out how to build your own small/medium solar set up for an off-grid cabin, shed, workshop or vehicle.

    If you have a little experience already or have no experience at all, be reassured that this course is still for you as no previous technical solar knowledge is required!

    What to Bring

    Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake.
    Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.
    Bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.
    Please arrive 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start

    Cancellation Policy:

    To ensure all attendees get the best experience from their training we only run our courses in small groups.

    We therefore must operate with a strict cancellation policy:  Refunds (or booking transfers) are not given for cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course.  If a cancellation is made with more than 2 weeks notice but within 6 weeks of the course date, then we will try to re-sell your tickets, if we are successful then a refund will be issued for the full amount less a £10 administration fee.  If a cancellation is made with more than 6 weeks notice, then a full refund will be issued.

    Click here to view our Terms & Conditions or contact us for further details.

    Bertie Weller

    Owner's Son

    Jason and Kerry’s eldest son. Bertie now works full time in electrical engineering but lives nearby and always helps where he can. He is our tech expert; often coming to our rescue with IT issues as well as building chicken runs with his Dad.  With lots of chicken keeping experience he is always keen to share his knowledge in the shop, at shows and on his training courses.

    Enquiry Form

    We are always happy to help, just complete this enquiry form to reach us. We have also gathered lots of information in our Grapevine help and advice and frequently asked questions pages.