If you want solar power for garden shed electricity there are a number of steps you need to take. There may also be a small cost associated with purchasing and assembling all the needed solar energy panels and accessories.
But at the end of the day a solar powered garden shed can help you save money in the long term. This can especially be the case if you use your shed for things like a workshop, garage, greenhouse etc.
Before you invest money in adding solar power to your garden shed you need to find out if it is viable. You need to know how much sunlight you’re getting on the roof.
A solar Pathfinder can help to determine if you are getting sufficient sunlight. Once you have determined that you’re getting enough direct light you can move on to purchasing the required equipment.
Wire Your Wooden Shed
The first thing you need to do is to wire your solar panel to the junction box in the shed. Make sure that your wiring is watertight.
Simply follow the wiring diagram you got with your solar charging kit to wire your junction box. Generally the red wire is connected to the positive terminal.
Installing The Solar Panel On The Roof
Prior to the solar panel being installed on your shed’s roof it needs to be mounted. The panel will have to be bolted across a frame which you should have gotten with the kit.
Once you’ve installed the mounting hardware you can then position the panel on the wooden shed’s roof. Use the supplied solar power instructions to bolt the panel to the roof of your shed.
Route The Wiring From The Solar Panel To The Junction Box
The wiring you run from the solar panel can be positioned under your shed’s overhang. Simply drill a hole through the wall directly into the building.
Then route the wire through the hole and secure with a few wire staples. Later block the hole with some silicone caulk.
Connect Your Battery To The Inverter
You will have to connect your battery to the inverter so that it charges the battery during the day. To wire the battery to the inverter you will need to use heavy duty no.1 cable.
Take a look at the inverter and simply match the terminals marked on it to the battery. The red wire is positive and the black is negative.
Once this is done just flip the switch of the inverter to test if you’ve wired your battery correctly. If wired correctly the inverter’s light should turn on.
You then have to connect the inverter to the junction box. Simply wire two additional heavy duty wires from the junction box to your inverter. Like the battery just match the terminals.
Mounting Fixtures To Your Wooden Garden Shed
Now you can start adding fixtures like a ceiling light to your shed. Use the wiring diagram that accompanies your kit to route the the wire to your lighting fixtures.
Again, make sure that your connections are tight and moisture proof. Depending on the size of the solar power panel and the inverter you should be able to add another 100 Watts of load.
This will allow you to power things like an additional light, fan, power tools, electric screw driver, and a pump.
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