If you’re in the market for a new electronic gate, or just want to reduce your overall power consumption, a solar-powered gate opener could be the answer. Let’s take a look at the common questions associated with solar powered gates, so you can decide if it’s right for your property.
How Do Solar Powered Gates Work?
When all is correctly setup, your gates can be powered from only a few hours of sunlight. It’s not necessary to know all the science behind solar panels, but needless to say that light energy is converted into electricity, which is stored in your batteries. This stored power is then used when you need to open and close your autogate.
Why Should I Consider Solar?
Solar power is a reliable energy source around the world, and Australia, Indonesia, and New Zealand are no different. Solar technology had been around since the 1950’s so it’s certainly not new, and it's improving in efficiency all the time. Electronic gates don’t require much power to operate, so you’ll only need 1 small panel and you’re ready to go. At Gate House Security, we supply a 20-watt panel with our solar kits, which can easily collect enough energy to power your gate. Choosing a solar gate means you are not relying on mains power, so your gate will still operate during a power outage.
The other reason to consider solar is that it's renewable and power is essentially free after the initial investment. Some people want to reduce their energy footprint, and installing a solar-powered electric gate means you can have both the luxury of an autogate, and the knowledge that it costs nothing in power.
What are the pros and cons of a solar-powered gate?
The main benefits of choosing a solar-powered gate are:
• Reduced electricity use
• DIY installation – no electrician required
• Reduced footprint
• Can power gates that have no mains power, or are too far away to install it.
The main drawback is:
The initial setup cost is often a little higher as you need to purchase a solar panel. However, if you have a long driveway and would need to extend the mains power, it can be cheaper to go for solar.
Our single and double solar gate kits have been put together using all the best hardware from the electronic gate market. We include a 20-watt panel, which is more than most households need. The kit requires very little maintenance once installed, so you can sit back and relax, knowing your home is secure. Our solar automatic gate kits can be used for both sliding and swing gates, and are ideal for farm gates too.