Solar panel workshop

Solar Panel Workshop - Isle of Lismore

Kerr Macgregor of MacGregor Solar is a self confessed solar power missionary and travels all over Scotland, including to many islands, helping people to make their own solar panels to heat hot water. He first realised how simply this could be done when working in Africa where people had no hot water despite the abundance of sun. The result was the prototype of what was to become his DIY solar panel which is within the grasp of (almost) everyone to make from the simplest materials available at any DIY store. On his recent two day visit to Lismore he instructed two full classes how to put together aluminium sheets painted black, insulating sheets, a length of garden hose, polycarbonate glazing material and, after several hours, take home a very large and, to me at least, a most impressive solar panel. Unfortunately the group he tutored on the Sunday were unlucky enough to have to work in a very cold hall as a very heavy snowfall resulted in a two day power cut. Despite this they too produced panels although they had a harder time and had to do some of the work the following day.

The weekend was organised by the Lismore Energy Group and soup and sandwiches were provided by Beth Campbell. Because Kerr came with all the necessary materials, the finished product cost a fraction of an off-the-shelf solar panel and the final installation can also be done very cheaply by sending for a kit containing all the necessary gadgetry to connect the panel to an existing water supply.

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