First of all, you have to make a decision based on your personal preferences. In some cases, thought, you absolutely cannot install solar-powered gate openers.
Let’s take a look at a few considerations you’ll have to make:
So that’s one of the most obvious choices anyway. Instead of taking power off the grid, you get it straight from the sun. That reduces your carbon footprint, so you get the peace of mind you’re doing everything possible to be energy-efficient.
Automatic security gates do use a good amount of electricity. By using solar energy, you will save on your electric bill. And you’ll save a lot if you have many visitors.
If you install a solar gate opener, you may be eligible for a 30% tax credit off the installed cost of the opener. The “installed cost” includes the cost of the:
That could save you quite a substantial amount of money, depending on how far your gate is from the nearest power source.
Photovoltaic (PV) panels, which actually collect the sun’s energy, used to be very expensive to manufacture. Now, they’re much more affordable, and the price comes down a little more each year.
Do trees block the sun from shining around the location of your gate? If so, you probably won’t be able to install a solar gate opener.
This is the standard right now – until the technology improves. If you have a lot of traffic coming and going, solar gate openers may not be right for you.
You will have to trim trees and shrubs growing around the PV panels so the sun shines on it. With these PV panels, you basically become your own mini power company.
You’ll need to clean dirt, grime, debris, and bird droppings. Frequent professional inspections are also recommended.
If you’re thinking about solar gate openers, that’s the list of what you need to consider.