solar ice maker DIY. solar powered ice machine is an easy way to make ice using solar panels. great for when no “grid power” is available. uses only 90 watts. simple DIY project. my video titled, “how to hook up solar panels (with battery bank)” shows in great detail how to hook up all wires and cables. use a 1000 watt inverter when running icemaker (it uses only 90 watts but it needs to pull 800 watts for a tenth of a second to get started). makes up to 26 pounds of ice per day.