By Kristy Jones
With the energy crisis just looming in the corner, many cabin and homeowners are already taking actionable steps towards environment-friendly energy sources. One of the common energy sources for cabin and households today is solar power. Purchasing a solar panel is an easy and effective way to utilize renewable energy in your home cabin
Aside from environment goals, solar power is often the only solution to unattached garages that have no power sources.
If you want to utilize solar energy on your garage, here are the guidelines that you should be aware of:
Solar-Powered Garage Door Opener System
Your first option in powering your garage door with solar energy is by purchasing a solar-powered garage door opener. This system already comes with a solar module, opener, and accumulator.
Having an entire solar-powered system for your garage is the easiest way to go green. You already have everything that you need in order to setup this garage opener. You don’t need to convert your garage.
Purchasing an entire system can be a good option if you don’t have a garage door opener yet.
Solar Power Kits or DIY?
If you already own a garage door opener with a battery backup, what you can do is convert it to solar power. There are commercial solar power kits available depending on its size and power. Most of these kits already come with a manual for easy installation and maintenance guide.
However, you can also purchase the necessary equipment and tools individually and start your own do-it-yourself project. This is a more cost-effective alternative that does not hurt your pocket.
To start, you will need a solar panel, a low voltage cable, brackets, 12V solar charge controller, batteries, and an inverter (if your garage door opener uses AC-powered motors). These materials can be purchased from your local home improvement store.
- Work on the bracing. Use your brackets to mount the back of the solar panel to your roof. Measure and mark the brackets perpendicular to your solar panel. Saw of the marked bracket. Tie or screw the bracket to the panel and ensure that the panel is angled properly and installed in a sunny area for maximum sunlight absorption. You can test the voltage to see if the solar panel is working accordingly.
- Connect the opener to the low voltage cable. Strip the wire clips and connect to your low voltage cables. Connect positive wire to positive wire and negative wire to negative wire. Ensure these are secured with wire caps.
- Run the low voltage cables to the batteries. Work the cables down to where your battery pack unit is. Ensure that the battery is placed in a secure location.
- Test the connection. Plug the opener once again to reset the unit. Then, test the connection by running power to the battery to check if there’s any broken connection. If the connection is successful, your garage door opener will operate as it should.
- Run a wire from the battery pack to the controller. Clip another wire from the battery pack that will run to the controller. This will help in charging the battery through the solar power controller.
- Connect the solar panel to the controller. Pull down the wires from the solar panel and connect to the controller. Make sure that you are defining the positive from the negative and connecting appropriate wires.
- Test the entire system. Once you’ve successfully connected your wires, test out the entire system. You may need to wait a while for your solar panels to charge your batteries. But if you’ve been successful in installing your solar power system, the garage door opener should work.
About the Author:
I am a DIY type of gal with a lot of experiences in architecture, crafts and basic house renovations. I love writing on my personal blog, biking, bonding with friends and, most especially decluttering things at home for fun. Currently, I am working as an office staff at A Click Away Remotes. I just want to focus on the growth of my career.