Asked on May 14, 2019

How to install solar system to open a garage door & gate opener motor?

Lisa S.LindaNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I need to install my self a solar system that can operate the garage door motor and the gate motor. Since huracan Maria we have constant out of power. So you can get in your property until the power is restored. I will deeply appreciate your assistance in this matter. Truly Jorge.

4 answers
  • Hi Jorge,

    Here is a DIY youtube video explaining how to install solar power to operate a garage door off grid.

    Hope this helps! Lauren - The Little Lake Cottage

  • Both should have safety releases to operate without power. Read your owners manual or look up on line and, if necessary, give the manufacturers a call. My garage door opener died. It owed me nothing as it was over 30 years old. Until I had it replaced, I just opened manually from the inside. Several of my friends have electric gates. They all have a safety release mechanism for this very reason.

  • Linda
    on May 15, 2019

    I think this youtube video will help.

  • Lisa S.
    on May 20, 2019

    Most garage doors have an emergency pull down that will disengage the electric door. Mine does. If I was expecting a storm, and you have no way to get in - I would disengage the electric door - so you can manually lift the door. Mine has a red handle to pull.

    • Park car. Go inside. Disengage emergency pull. Open garage door. Get back in car, drive in. Done. If you want the solar power activation, Lauren provided an excellent link. Regardless of what you choose, just make sure they have the requisite pulls to escape in case of emergency or fire. Just Google to see what vendors are in your area.

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