How To Protect Solar Panels from Pests
by Annie Gavin
There is no denying that the entire world is moving towards solar energy solutions. Countries such as Germany are meeting over 50% of their citizen’s energy needs exclusively from solar energy and that trend is growing worldwide. Solar energy is now the most inexpensive and abundant form of energy in the world, and the U.S. alone is projected to reach 4 million solar installations by 2023. As the push for sustainable energy continues to grow, one concern challenging solar panel owners is how to reduce maintenance and repair needs for the units. One way this can be accomplished is to protect solar panels from pests.
Pest damage to solar panels is a particularly costly problem. Squirrels chewing through wiring and birds roosting under the panels can rack up maintenance and repair costs if the problem is not addressed properly. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can help protect solar panels from pests.
Pest control experts will tell you that the best practice recommendation is to install a physical barrier to exclude unwanted pests from the treated area. Ensuring that the wiring is inaccessible to pest birds and rodents will prolong the life of your solar unit and decrease the amount of maintenance needed to keep it operational.
The Bird-X Solar Mesh Kit was designed specifically for this purpose. The system securely shields the solar panel wiring without damaging or voiding the panel warranty. The kit includes 100 ft. of durable mesh and clips (100 pieces). The mesh is made of stainless steel with a thick, protective PVC coating that is resistant to UV degradation and chemical corrosion. This year, the UV protected nylon clips have a new design that is being lauded by professional installers.
Pest control operators and professional installers are recommending this product as an essential precaution to protect solar panels from pests. If you would like to receive a free sample of the Solar Mesh Guard Kit, contact us at [email protected]om or at 312-226-2473.
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