How to Successfully Go Solar on Your Electric Fencing

Like many of us, Dean Schneider of Bell Rule Genetics, wasn't satisfied with the performance of the typical all-in-one solar charged fencers he'd tried. But since there is no electrical power at the place he's running his cattle, solar was his only option. Last October, we shared the system he put together that turned out to be very effective. This week, he shares more about his systems and how they're working to power miles of fence, even with a heavy weed load. We think it could be a recipe for success for lots of On Pasture readers! Awhile back, Kathy asked me if I could give an update on our permanent solar fencer installations. I got busy, life happens, so I’m now getting around to it. (Speaking of Kathy, I would like to thank her for the work she does providing us with tons of pertinent information and join her in asking you to support On Pasture if you are able). Now, back to the fencers. We have installed two permanent solar fence setups in the past year or so. The first installation was built with a DC 6 joule charger, a charge controller, battery, and a 100 watt solar panel. The second setup uses a 110 volt 8 joule charger, charge controller, battery, DC to AC inverter, and a 100 watt solar panel. I will explain each a little further and go over what we have learned thus far. Our First System The first setup was installed about 12 months ago. It is currently running about 3 miles of single strand wire. We live in a fairly high rainfall area, so consequently w

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  1. The Stafix/Speedrite energizers are a perfect fit for a solar setup. Our own solar set-up mirrors the one in the article. Could not be more pleased.

    If an all-in-one solar charger quits, it’s just a dead box. With this set up, one can check each piece and replace.

    This is a 100% replacement for a plug-in charger of any power level.

    Big plus: you can put the charger where it makes the most sense in your system without a convoluted wire stretching back to your electrical outlet.

    Keeps working in a power outage.

    Reduced lightning damage risk.

    Solar panel – $60
    Charge regulator – $20
    Lawn-mower battery – $40
    3-joule energizer $220

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