I run a small nonprofit that offers a chance for disabled vets and teens in Scouting a chance to learning knifemaking. We used to do this in my home workshop, but we were given a 12x8' pod-type container to use to get the shop out of my wife's way.
The problem is, I need to get it powered up. Donors have given us a few hundred bucks in Home Depot gift cards to use for materials.
Would it be best to dig a trench across my yard, and pull a 110 volt line from the house to the new shop, or, can you feasibly use solar to run a small workshop. We mainly run the 2x72" belt grinder, the drill press, band saw, and a couple of angle grinders, but rarely more than one at a time. But we also have a heat treating kiln that will draw a good bit of juice once we set it up. All these tools and machines are 110 volt.
What kind of budget would it take to set up a solar system, so the investment we make in this new shop can come with us to the next house if we move? I hate to spend money renting a trencher and buying AC power materials, etc., then paying an electrician, but end up leaving most of that cost behind if we go to a new place later on.
There's a lot to think through...
Any advice would be a great help.