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Solar Electric Fencing Guide

Harnessing free energy from the sun, a solar powered electric fence requires no grid connection providing an economical choice for fencing small areas and is the ideal solution for remote locations. It can be used in a variety of situations from containing livestock to keeping wildlife out of garden areas and preventing pets from wandering.

How does it work

A solar panel charges a battery by converting sunlight into electricity which is then used to keep the energizer operating 24 hours per day. Patriot offers a range of energizers that are compatible with solar energy as well as integrated solar systems.

 

What you will need

  • Energizer - Select your energizer based on the area you need to fence. It is important that you have adequate power or you risk weak spots in your fence which could allow animals to escape or enter.
  • Battery - Stores the energy harnessed by the solar panel. Patriot Dual-Purpose and PBX Battery energizers are designed to run with 12 V (deep cycle, marine type) batteries (sold separately). The size of the 12 V battery must suit the current consumption (mA) of your chosen energizer. The 12 V battery must also have sufficient storage capacity to power the energizer during periods of reduced sunlight (for example, in cloudy weather). Consult energizer user manual for recommended battery type.
  • Solar Panel - Captures and processes light from the sun. Select your panel(s) based on the power of your energizer and battery system. Note: larger energizers and battery systems require larger solar panels.
  • Regulator - An important component where external solar panels are connected to battery energizers. It limits the voltage to prevent overcharging of the battery.
  • Grounding - As with other types of electric fence systems it is important to ground your solar electric fence.

Contact your local Patriot retailer for assistance in selecting the right solar fencing system for your needs.

 

Where to place your Solar Energizer

We recommend placing your solar energizer in the middle of your fence or area with unrestricted access to sunlight. When selecting a suitable location for your solar energizer it is very important to consider the frequency of inspection, ease of access for maintenance, environment and animal damages, security from human intervention, and the proximity of the solar energizer to an appropriate ground system.

NOTE: Face your SOLAR PANEL towards the noontime sun - due south in the northern hemisphere.