No power: no problem! Green Gate Access Systems launches UK’s first solar barrier kits

solar school gateKent based company, Green Gate Access Systems, has launched the UK’s first solar-powered car park barrier systems.  The kits – manufactured by Italian company, O&O, of which Green Gate Access Systems is the UK importer – have been described as a ‘UK solution for the UK market’ and are the only solar kits developed in the UK to operate in the UK – all year round.

The O&O Up & Down barriers are perfect for operation from solar-power where a green solution is required or a mains supply is not readily available.  Often, providing power is the most expensive part of fitting an access control barrier, but the solar option allows security to be fitted to the most remote locations.  The standard solar panel will operate the barrier up to 100 times a day and can be upgraded to 950 operations – in a British winter!  The solar systems also assume each barrier will be fitted with a GSM intercom and exit loop as standard and are rated to cover this in the solar calculations.

solar wind charge“These solar-powered barrier systems add a completely new dimension to the UK security market.” said Managing Director, Neil Sampson.  “Having already proved their worth with clients such as BT, DHL and the NHS, they are perfect in remote or shared power locations and can be upgraded to suit even the busiest entrance.  Supplied with everything that’s required, including solar panels and a four year warranty, the kits are a massive cost saving when mains is more than 50 metres away.  We have continued our solar expertise into our range of solar gate automation with a section of ram and underground automation with 10 year warranties that can be operated up to 200 times, per winter day.”

For further information on the solar-powered barrier and gate kits, please see Green Gate Access System’s latest 2015 trade catalogue on the homepage of their website -

Neil Sampson is the founder and Managing Director of Solar Gates UK Ltd, the Green Gate brand who provide solar and mains powered gates, barriers and access control systems throughout the UK.  Established in 2006, Neil, together with his wife, Hannah Sampson, have grown and developed the company into one of the most successful and respected firms within the industry, currently employing 10 staff, many of whom are locally based.

Since its inception, the company has grown 25% year on year and now works with a range of clients across both the domestic and commercial sector, such as architects, schools and local authorities, in addition to becoming the UK importer for the O&O range of automation.  In 2009, the company moved to its first commercial premises and in 2012, opened a showroom and training facility in Maidstone, Kent.

In June 2014, Neil was selected as Chairman of the ‘Powered Gate Group’, part of the Door and Hardware Federation.  The group was formed in response to requests from the Health & Safety Executive for an industry-wide trade body to develop higher standards of safety for automated gates.  The initiative followed a number of tragic accidents involving powered gates. 

In April 2015, the company opened another office in Salisbury and are moving to larger office space in their Kent headquarters in July.

Green Gate Access Systems is an active supporter of several charities, including Soteria Trust, which runs a business school for under privileged youngsters in Nigeria, equipping them with UK recognised qualifications in business studies and accountancy; Redeeming our Communities, a UK based initiative to improve community cohesion; and the Princess Project, which assists young single mothers in the Maidstone area.

For further information on Green Gate Access Systems please visit or call 08456 800269.