Build a SunSaluter: Preparation


Congratulations on making a SunSaluter!

The estimated setup time is 1-2 hours. Our manual design is open source and available for you to use with local materials. We would love if you check in with us so we can track our impact and improve our design. 

By voluntarily building your own SunSaluter based on the content available here, you agree to take full responsibility for the assembly, maintenance and usage of the system and its parts. You are proceeding at your own risk and you release SunSaluter from any liability.

Step 1: Tools

It will be easiest to assemble your SunSaluter if you have these tools. 

  • Hammer

  • Saw

  • Tape Measure / String


Step 2: Materials

These materials can be picked up from most local hardware stores, or sometimes just lying around at a friends' place! The total cost for your system shouldn't be more than $50 USD, but can often be much less.

We encourage you to reuse and recycle old materials as much as possible! Any of the materials listed here can be substituted for a locally-available resource.

SunSaluter also has some limited edition kits which include many of the components if you don’t want to source your own supplies! You can order a kit here.

Separately from the materials listed here, you will need the solar panel system that you are installing with the SunSaluter, which may consist of supplies such as a solar panel, charge controller, inverter, battery, etc.

  • Lumber / Bamboo (Big)

    Sturdy 1.33m (4ft) long beams for building the frame. (If your solar panel is large (>100W), consider using longer beams.)
    4 Beams
  • Lumber / Bamboo (Small)

    Sturdy 1m (3ft) long beams for building the frame. (If your solar panel is large (>100W), consider using longer beams.)
    4 Beams
  • Nails

    With heads greater than 0.5cm in diameter.
    1 Box
  • Bolts

    Medium sized bolts which attach the solar panel to the SunSaluter’s pivot point for rotation
    2 Bolts
  • Component Clamps

    2 Clamps
  • Bearing Brackets with Attached Clamps

    2 Brackets
  • Water Jug (or Similar)

    Used to recapture water.
    1 Jug
  • Tubing

    Vinyl, rubber, or similar tubing used to drip the water
    1-2 Metres
  • Bag/Bottle

    A sturdy bag to fill with material and use as a counterweight.
    1 Container
  • Duct Tape / Twine

    To temporarily hold wood in place. Should be strong enough to hang a jug of water. People have used clothes hangers!
    1 Roll
  • Water Filter (Optional)

    Choose one that makes sense for your water source’s needs.
    1 Filter

Finished preparing?

Next Stage: Frame Assembly