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4 steps to building a solar-powered workshop

A workshop can be a truly rewarding space, but it can also be a place of great frustration. The key to success is planning, because if you fail to do so at the start of it all, you may find yourself with a space that isn’t quite what you need.

If this sounds like something that’d interest you, take heart—all you need is some basic carpentry knowledge and some elbow grease. This guide will show you how to build the perfect workshop. But, not just any workshop. In this time and age, you need to be sustainable in your ways to help protect Mother Earth, such as opting for a home backup solar generator over a gas-powered one. That said, this article will take you through the steps of building a solar-powered workshop, not just to reduce your carbon footprint, but also to save money in the long run.

  1. Make A Plan

Before you begin constructing your workshop, it’s important to have and make a plan. You’ll need to decide on the following:

  • The size of the workshop: Will it be just big enough for one person, or will there be enough space for multiple people working together?  If you have a large room that can easily accommodate multiple seating arrangements and props, then this will be much more convenient compared to a narrow space that can only take in a single table. 
  • Purpose of the workshop: Is it for personal use, or do you plan to teach on the side or make a small business out of the work done in the workshop? 

These questions will help you determine the budget, as well as certain aspects of the points that follow.

  1. Find A Suitable Location

The location of your workshop is important for several reasons. For one, you want to make sure that the area has good ventilation so that fumes from resins, paints, and the like won’t cause any harm to you or others. It’s also important to have enough room for all of the tools, equipment, and materials you’ll require. Think about how much space there needs to be to safely store all those items away when not in use. Also, consider whether there’ll be enough hanging space so you can hang tools vertically rather than store them horizontally on shelves, which could get cluttered easily over time if not properly organized.

Furthermore, you want to make sure that there’s access to running water so it won’t hassle anyone who’ll need their hands washed after finishing tasks such as resin curing or glueing, which can get messy.

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  1. Estimate Usage

Since the workshop is to be powered by solar energy, it’s important to estimate the average consumption of the tools and equipment you will place in the workshop.

To estimate your daily usage, you’ll need a power meter (or two, if you’re doing things like charging batteries). If you don’t have access to one, ask around and see if anyone locally could let you borrow theirs for a couple of days.

If possible, charge all of your devices at once and measure the combined current draw over an hour or two using one meter, while keeping track of how much time goes by between measurements with another clock or timer (a kitchen timer will work fine). Multiply this result by 24 hours/day, then divide it by 30 days/month (your average month-long vacation) to get an estimate of how much power is consumed each day on average. This will allow you to make accurate estimates when sizing your solar array for maximum efficiency during cloudy weather conditions when output might drop off considerably. 

  1. Install The Panels

There are a few factors to consider when deciding where to locate your solar panels. First, it’ll be easier for you if you can have a clear view of the sky in all directions so that sunlight hits all sides of each panel. Second, make sure that there aren’t any trees or other obstructions blocking sunlight from reaching the back side of each panel; otherwise, some areas won’t be able to absorb as much light, and won’t produce as much power as others. 

Finally, try not to place them near an electrical box or other wires; you don’t want any interference getting between those photons and their prized electrons.


Building a solar-powered workshop is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on energy costs. It’s also a project that doesn’t take too long to complete, so get started today. With these four steps guiding you through the process, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to build your successful solar-powered workshop in no time.

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