Preventing Solar Panel Theft

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Without a doubt, home solar systems are helping the environment and innovating the current energy market. An investment in solar panels can save you substantially on escalating energy bills while also supporting a greener future.

Unfortunately, as home solar continues to grow in popularity, so does solar panel theft. Solar thieves have the capabilities to take down panels quickly, just to sell them at a flea market or online to unscrupulous buyers. The loss to a homeowner can be significant. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your home solar investment.

Motion Detector Lights

Your first line of defense is to deter unwanted visitors on your property. Thieves prefer easy targets, such as homes where there is poor lighting. Consider adding a home lighting system that includes floodlights, motion sensors and security lights. It is an effective way to ward off prowlers and protect your home and its solar panels.


There is a range of home solar system security devices on the market that are easy to install and provide a strong deterrent to solar panel theft. These typically include an alarm system that can alert the police or a monitoring company through an app.

Security Fasteners

The best protection from solar thieves is a multi-layer strategy. Even if lights and alarms don’t deter someone, locks can hinder the quick and easy removal of panels. Specialized solar panel security fasteners are an upgrade to a system that can provide you with peace of mind.


If you have been the victim of solar panel theft, you may still be protected through your homeowner’s insurance. Most policies cover rooftop panels, as they are considered a permanent attachment to your property, similar to a patio or a security system. Check the details of your policy to confirm if you have sufficient coverage to pay for replacement if you experience a theft.

Learn more about the advantages of home solar. Call Cool Blew Solar today!