Powering an off-grid solar shed

solar lighting


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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This course will cover:

An introduction to Solar Electricity:
The difference between AC and DC electricity
'Off' grid and difference to 'On' grid solar
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

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:
A practical demo and hands-on experience.

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!

A hands-on, informal day spent with others interested in self-sufficient solar power.

Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake. Please bring a packed lunch.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:
Just bring yourself and a notebook and pen


Kerry Weller at Mantel Farm


Mantel Farm
Henley Down
Catsfield, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9BN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Father's Day
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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