You want to keep your herd in and safe without burning a hole in your pocket? Then a solar-powered electric fence could be the answer. Not only is a solar electric fence going to cost you a fraction of what you’d pay to have a normal powered electric fence up, but it’s also easy to set up because there isn’t much wiring involved.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind if you’re thinking about getting a solar electric fence for your yard:
- Choose the Type of Fence
Believe it or not, solar electric fences come in different sizes and types, and the one you choose will depend on what you’ll be using it for. For example, if you need to fence in small animals like chickens, sheep and goats, then a short fence will do, while a horse paddock will require a much taller barrier in comparison.
So before you go shopping, do a bit of research to find out what the right size will be for your needs.
- Install Posts
Once you’ve found the right sized fence, you can start installing it. This process begins with you digging a hole for either a corner or end post, using a post hole digger. The hole should be about 2 feet deep, and after putting the post in, you can fill it up with dry cement.
To make sure that the whole thing is nice and smooth, use a level and props before leaving it to set.
Take a string and run it from the first post to the following one to get a straight line between the two, and follow the same steps to install the rest of the posts. Leave the posts to set and harden for 24 to 48 hours so that you can have a super strong fence.
- Install Wire
Take the wire and install it from one corner post to the other until you’ve covered the entire area. And make sure that you use your tensioners and insulators to fix the wire firmly in place.
- Install the Charging Unit
Now, this is where the solar power comes in. To install your solar charging unit, simply dig a hole just on the edge of the corner of the fence, while making sure that it’s at a very sunny spot that gets sunlight most of the day. Ideally, this should be a south facing point.
Install this post using the same method as the fence posts and give it the same amount of time to set before putting your solar charging unit on top of it.
Then, create a ground bend by first digging a shallow hole next to the post and putting in the right amount of ground rods. Take the negative lead from your solar charger and fasten it to the grounds rods, while the positive lead will go to the fence wire.
- Do the Initial Charge
Give the charger an initial 24 hours of charging before you switch on your solar electric fence. To confirm that it has the right voltage, simply test it using an electric fence tester, and make sure that you do this on a regular basis just to be on the safe side.