Capturing the power of the sun with your own hands

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HOW to make your own solar panel will the subject of a course at the Redfield Community in Winslow next month.

The two day workshop will show participants how to use broken or rejected solar panels to make panels which can charge, or directly power electrical items, at a third of the usual price.

The workshop is run by Norman Phipps who is writing an MSc thesis on handmade solar panels. Mr Phipps also heads up a solar charitable project in west Africa and the course will directly support the charity.

Learning methods already being used in developing countries, participants will; receive an introduction to homemade solar, learn to cut broken cells, basic soldering, framing and testing, and how to utilise the panels.

A spokesman for Redfield said: “This is a highly practical, hands-on course open to everyone. A steady hand and good co-ordination is all that is required.

“Simple instruction booklets and support will be available for those wishing to scale up production following the course.

“Some materials may be available to buy over the weekend, or you will be pointed in the right direction to source materials within budget.”

The course starts Friday, January 22, and costs from £190, including accommodation and meals.

Book online at or call Redfield direct on 01296 714184.