Stare into the crystal ball and imagine what a solar panel, installed today, might look like in the future. We’ve picked the 2039 date for a reason. It matches up to what you will find in most solar panel system warranties.
What will two decades mean for the brand new panels? There will be no shortage of birds and pests looking to build warm, dry homes and nests beneath panel arrays, especially during cold and rainy seasons. We already know that squirrels and pigeons prefer the protection of the solar panel cover, where they can nest, breed, feed and chew their way in protected safety, adapting their natural habits to the gift of our energy technology.
And don’t forget disease. Pigeon nests are rich in organisms such as guano, feathers and other forms of debris waste. Now, let that all collect and continue, undisturbed, for months and years. I think you get the picture. And it’s not just one pigeon or two. It might be a flock of 25-30 birds nesting under one roof, and not all of them are necessarily living.
What can be done with a mess like that?
Well, first it has to be cleaned and washed, and then we come back in with barriers around the perimeter of the panel array. And then the birds have to go somewhere else, but that is no longer your problem.
Now let’s talk squirrels. They seem to be attracted to the protected space beneath your panels. These are not the cute little squirrels from animated cartoons. They like to chew through things as a way to moderate tooth growth. It’s their instinct to chew through everything, including wiring and electrical insulation. To a squirrel, a solar system with micro-inverters looks like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Not only will that cause a short-circuit in the wiring, it might spark a fire.
As they say in the insurance commercials, “we’ve seen a thing or two.” At SolaTrim, we’ve come up with an aesthetic, cost-effective and permanent solution to this pigeon and squirrel problem, an all-weather, easily installed, peel & stick aluminum panel barrier that is designed to keep unwanted elements from intruding under rooftop solar arrays. Using a proven adhesive, SolaTrim is an ideal barrier that can and will eliminate the rooftop solar pest problem until 2039.
For more information, go to: www.solatrim.com