Critter Guard Explained - StraightUp Solar

Critter Guard Explained

Squirrels, birds, raccoons, and other small critters can pose serious risks to your solar array. They are capable of causing minor to severe damage to your system. With Critter Guard, you can help protect your array and keep your system running smoothly, without interference from nature’s unwanted guests. In this video we answer some of your most frequently asked questions:


What are the first signs of critter damage?

  • Clumps of leaves or debris under array
  • Lower array production
  • Loss of array production


What kind of damage can critters cause?

  • Chewed wires
  • Exposed conductors
  • Electrical fire in most severe cases


What is Critter Guard?

  • A barrier between the solar module frame and the roof to prevent critters from getting under the solar panels
  • Wire mesh material
  • Can be reused if removal is required due to maintenance of the system


Who should consider getting Critter Guard installed?

  • Residential homeowners
  • Shingled roof
  • Squirrels in your area
  • Wooded area
  • Trees adjacent to you home


When should Critter Guard be installed?

  • Upon the initial installation of the solar system
  • Better to install before you’ve incurred costly repairs


How long will Critter Guard last?

  • Should last the lifetime of your system
  • One-year warranty provided


What can you expect from the installation process?

  • Should take a couple hours (installation time can vary depending on the size of the array and steepness of your roof)
  • Should be left with no places for critters to enter under the system


If you are considering Critter Guard for your system, please reach out for a custom quote using the form below. Under “Which Type of Project or Service Are You Interested In?”, please select “Other”.

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