No doubt about it. Installing home solar panels is helping your bottom line, pushing forward the green energy market evolution, and protecting one of your most important investments—your house. Your initial investment in solar panels can save thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your system by dramatically reducing monthly utility bills.
The downside is, as home solar continues to increase rapidly in popularity, so does solar panel theft. Solar thieves have the capabilities to take down panels quickly, sell them at a flea market or online to unscrupulous buyers. The loss to a homeowner can be significant. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your home solar investment.
There is a wide 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 directly or a monitoring company through a smartphone app.
The best protection from solar thieves is a multi-layer strategy. Even if lights and alarms don’t deter a thief, locks can hinder attempts at removing solar panels. Specialized solar panel security fasteners are often available as a system upgrade that can provide you with additional peace of mind.
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’s an effective way to ward off burglars and protect your house and its solar panels.
The best insurance against theft is to insure your home’s solar panel array system. If you have been the victim of solar panel theft, you may still be protected through your homeowner’s insurance. Most policies cover roof top 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 panel replacement if you experience a theft.
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