Things to remember when using solar to power a gate opener

Things to remember when using solar to power a gate opener

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Going solar isa fantastic way to power your home, and it is also agreat way to power your automatic gate opener. However, when you choose to use solar panels for your automatic gate opener, there are a few important things to remember to ensure that your solar gate opener system works properly and efficiently. 

First, it is important to mount your solar panels in a location where they will receive maximum sunlight. Foliage growth such as tree leaves, branches, or weeds can cover the solar panelwith shadows, soit is important to make efforts that thisdoes not happen at any point during the day. Additionally, the panels should be pointed true South whenlocated in the Northern Hemisphere to maximize sunlight. Depending on the time of year, you may need to adjust the position of your gate opener solar panel to ensure that it is getting the most sunlight possible.If you need to move your solar panelforbetter sunlightyou canmovethepanel as faras100 feet from the control box. Youmayneed to addanadditional 16gauge, strandedtwo conductorwire to reach the solar panel wire to the control box. 

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It is also important to clean your gate opener solar panels periodicallyto remove any dirt, grime, mold, or mildew that can accumulate and deteriorate the performance of the panel. To clean your panel, you can use a fiber cloth and warm water, or warm water with mild soap. Be sure to avoid using any abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that can damage the surface of the panel. This video will show you the correct way to do so!

Cleaning Your Automatic Gate Opener Solar Panel Video

Proper maintenance of your Ghost Controls solar panel willhelp your system operate efficiently and effectively, providing you with reliable power for your automatic gate opener. By following these simple tips, you can maximize the performance of your solar panel and enjoy the many benefits of solar power. 

30 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit - AX30

30 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit - AX30


The 30-watt monocrystalline solar panel easily connects into the control box to supply recharging power to the main system batteries. Dimensions of panel: 23-3/4" W x 13-5/8 D Mounts to a 2" or 3” round post (post not included) 12' wire included Pole/Post… read more

10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit - AXDP

10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit - AXDP


The 10 watt monocrystalline solar panel easily connects into the control box to supply recharging power to the main system batteries. Maximum of 30 watts of solar power can be added to your system 18 Month Warranty *Make sure to… read more

Looking to learn more about Ghost Controls® solar gate openers and gate opener accessories? 

For years, customers have asked for an alternative for slow, unreliable, and noisy operators. At Ghost Controls we have worked hard with innovations in Noise Reduction, Speed, and Reliabilityon our heavy duty electric gate openers. Additionally, we provide all of our customers with the opportunity to share our love of solar powered renewable energy by converting their systems into a solar automatic gate opener. Using a solar operator is a great way to go off the grid and provide your system with endless clean energy.

Speed, and Reliability:

  • Quiet – motor noise is accurately correlated to quality in the mechanical and electronic design. All our openers have amaintenance free gear box and motor.They were designed for smooth, quiet operation regardless of the age and cycles of the battery powered gate opener.
  • Fast – Our mechanical design and new radio frequency offer superior range offering a greater level of convenience for customers.
  • Invincible (Limited Life-Time Warranty) – The motor is one of the most critical components to ensure reliability and longevity. We back our proprietary gear motors with a limited lifetime warranty. No other product in the market can make this claim.

GHOST CONTROLS® swing gate openers are designed and manufactured with pride, delivering the highest quality product and customer support in the industry. We believe in our products with our limited lifetime warranty on each solar compatible dual or single gate opener*. Our corporate philosophy is; steadfast commitment to our customers, culture, products, and people.

*Limited lifetime warranty on motor and gear assembly.

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