This guide will cover some of the basic requirements to power a Verkada camera using solar energy, as well as providing it with Internet connectivity using a cellular-based connection.

It's strongly recommended to test all equipment at the planned location for a few days or weeks to ensure everything is working as originally planned. There are usually unexpected variables that you will run into such as a solar panel not producing enough power as expected or devices consuming more power than originally planned.

Equipment list: 

  • Solar panel (required)

  • Battery to store solar energy with a DC power output (required)

  • 802.3af or 802.3at PoE switch or injector (802.3at is required for the PoE heater to function on outdoor Verkada cameras) (required)

  • Ethernet cables (required)

  • Cellular connected Cradlepoint (required, assuming an ISP connection isn't available)

  • Surge protector (recommended)

  • Water resistant hardware enclosure for battery, Cradlepoint, PoE switch or injector (strongly recommended)

  • Backup gas powered generator (optional)

Verkada camera running on solar energy

Things to keep in mind when selecting which type or capacity of equipment to use:

  • Amount of devices being powered and their expected power consumption

  • Amount of direct sunlight expected to hit the solar cells on the solar panel

  • Amount of time sunlight may not be available

  • Possible weather conditions the deployment may be exposed to such as wind, rain, snow, or sleet

  • Weight and size of equipment (if the deployment needs to be fully mobile)

Camera power consumption by model:

  • D30, CD51 (Indoor), CD61 (Indoor): 11W

  • D40, CD31 (Indoor), CD41 (indoor): 6W

  • D50, Dome (CD) Series Outdoor, Bullet (CB) Series Outdoor: 12W, 20W (extended temperature range)

  • D80: 13W, 24W (extended temperature range)

If you still have further questions regarding your deployment after reading this article, please contact Verkada Sales. 

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