Solarguard®: Engineered to protect your solar panels
Vexo | 13th December 2023
Here are 6 reasons to install our Solarguard® Pro – VEXO on your solar panels
- Protect wildlife
- Minimise bushfire risk
- Pest control
- Kits have been designed UV resistance in mind
- Maintenance accessibility
- Long term cost savings
Australia’s vast and diverse landscapes make it an ideal location for solar energy harvesting, but the unique environmental conditions also present challenges that can impact the efficiency and longevity of solar panels. Installing a mesh around solar panels in Australia can address several specific concerns and enhance the overall performance and durability of solar energy systems in the country. Here are key reasons to consider mesh installation for solar panels in Australia:
Australia is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including birds, possums, and other small animals. While the warmth generated by solar panels may attract these creatures, their presence can pose a threat to the panels. Birds, in particular, may build nests underneath solar panels, leading to potential damage and reduced efficiency. Installing our Solarguard® Pro – VEXO acts as a protective barrier, preventing wildlife from accessing the space beneath the panels. This not only safeguards the panels from physical damage but also ensures that the system operates at optimal efficiency.
Minimising Bushfire Risks
Australia is prone to bushfires, especially during hot and dry seasons. Embers from bushfires can travel significant distances and pose a risk to solar panels. Mesh installation can act as a barrier, preventing embers from reaching the panels and reducing the likelihood of fire damage. Additionally, the mesh can help minimize the accumulation of dry leaves and debris that could contribute to the spread of fires. This becomes particularly crucial in regions prone to bushfires, offering an added layer of protection for both residential and commercial solar panel installations.
Our Solarguard® Pro – VEXO acts as a physical barrier, preventing pest birds and possums from causing damage to solar panels by chewing on cables or nesting in the spaces beneath the panels. Unlike other harmful methods that might cause injury to native birds and possums, such as traps or poisons, stainless steel mesh offers a humane approach to deterrence. A mesh barrier helps deter pests, minimising the risk of damage to the electrical components and ensuring the long-term functionality of the solar panel system. The durability of stainless steel ensures that the mesh remains intact over time, offering a long-term solution to keep pests at bay.
UV Radiation and Heat Protection
Australia is known for its intense sunlight and high UV radiation levels. Prolonged exposure to intense sunlight and heat can degrade the materials, that’s why our tried and tested VEXO Solarguard® Mesh & Nylon clips have been engineered to endure against direct UV radiation. It means you don’t have to worry about changing your solar mesh any time soon, thus making sure your solar panels are protected for at least 6 years and beyond!
Regular maintenance is crucial for the optimal performance of solar panels. However, accessing panels for cleaning or repairs can be challenging, especially in elevated or rooftop installations. Our well-designed Solarguard® nylon clips have been designed for easy removal and access for maintenance personnel while ensuring their safety and the warranty of your solar panels. This accessibility simplifies routine inspections, cleaning, and any necessary repairs, contributing to the overall efficiency and longevity of the solar panel system.
Long-Term Cost Savings
While the upfront cost of installing a mesh may be an investment, the long-term benefits can result in cost savings. By preventing damage from wildlife, pests and debris, the mesh helps extend the lifespan of the solar panels. This, in turn, reduces the need for frequent repairs or replacements, saving on maintenance costs over the system’s lifetime. Additionally, the increased efficiency resulting from a well-protected solar panel system can lead to greater energy production, contributing to potential savings on electricity bills.
Installing our Solarguard® around your solar panels in Australia addresses specific environmental challenges and enhances the overall performance, durability, and safety of solar energy systems. From protecting against wildlife and bushfires to minimizing the impact of bird and pests from nesting under the solar panels, the benefits of mesh installation are particularly relevant in Australia. As the country continues to embrace renewable energy solutions, ensuring the resilience and efficiency of solar panel installations through the use of protective measures like our Solarguard® Pro – VEXO becomes increasingly important for homeowners, businesses, and the broader sustainability goals of the nation.
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