The Fort Worth area can receive up to 230 days of sunshine each year! For both swinging and sliding gates, solar power isn’t just the future, but a practical option for automatic gates in Texas. Not to mention, it’s environmentally friendly!

How to Go Solar with Buzz

From the initial free estimate, to installation and ongoing maintenance, Buzz is a great choice for solar powered gates in North Texas.

Solar automation is compatible with almost all residential and commercial gates. The first step is to choose a gate based on your fence, security and design requirements.

Most light use residential gate openers, rely on 12 volt, 10 watt solar panels to receive power. Solar powered gates are continually improving, and 20 watt, 24 volt solar panels are also an option for commercial applications or heavier gates.  1 to 2 solar panels are typical and will be carefully mounted by your Buzz technician.

These panels will be connected via cable to an actuator or gate operator, that opens and closes the gate. The panels will also connect to a battery pack which can easily be hidden, and stores power for 24/7 use.

The final step is to choose a gate opener system, allowing access to your property via smartphone, keypad, keyfob or all three. Buzz is an authorized installer and dealer for a variety of access control systems, solar operators, batteries and panels. As a dealer, we can pass on a variety of product and service warranties.

Solar vs. Electric Driveway Gates

Buzz installs both electric and solar automation, but only solar can deliver a 30% federal tax credit! For now, homeowners can deduct up to 30% of the total cost of a solar gate installation on federal income taxes. Learn more about the tax credit requirements and realize that solar can be cheaper than electric long term.

Factors to Consider for a Solar Gate

Location, Location. Your solar panels will need to get at least five hours of direct sunlight daily to maintain a battery charge. The panels can be mounted up to 20 feet away from the gate for most systems.

No outlet? No problem. Solar is a perfect solution for gates more than 1,000 feet from a 110V AC power source.

Frequency of gate use. How often will your gate be used? Solar powered openers typically open and close a security gate about eight to ten times per day on a full charge. More expensive systems are available for ranchers and commercial applications, which feature larger solar panels and battery storage for frequent use.

Conversion from Electric. Wanting to convert an existing electric gate to solar? You’ll save in energy costs. Most new gate systems are also compatible with solar, making the transition easier on the wallet.

Maintenance. Stay on top of any greenery that needs trimmed to guard your panels access to sunlight. Most panels are resistant to hail, to a certain point. Storms could damage panels or move their position. Dirty panels can also affect performance and require regular cleaning.

Backup power. An electric gate is likely to be stuck in the closed position during a power outage. You can avoid outages with solar, but only when paired with a compatible battery. Your technician will advise on how much storage is needed, which depends on the amount of sunlight, wattage of panels, gate use and weight.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, Contact us today!

See what our customers are saying:

Joe Baker
Buzz was a pleasure to deal with. After the installation and haul off I had a couple of concerns. They came back out and made the necessary changes. Although the timing could have been faster, they did very good considering the number of storms we’ve had and the almost continuous rain during the month of May….Thanks Buzz!!
Tom Stoneham
Hoyt came and gave a quote on removing some old wood from existing posts, installing new wood and one new post, and replacing a gate. Carlos and Max came and removed the old wood and gate, installed the new post, gate and new wood, and hauled off the old materials. All done in less than five hours and with excellent quality. After going over the job with a fine-tooth comb, I told Victor I’d like one final tweak. Rick came and understood my concern. He patiently toiled for a solid hour and left me a completely happy camper.