Critter Guard: Protect Your Solar Panel System

Critter Guard installed by Sunlight Solar Massachusetts on a rooftop solar system.

What is a Critter Guard?

A critter guard is a mesh covering that goes around the perimeter of a solar panel system. This covering effectively keeps squirrels, other wildlife, and leaf buildup away from the underneath of your system. This is critical to ensuring your system remains productive throughout its lifetime and preventing the need for costly repairs.

Why install Critter Guard?

Squirrel damage is a big reason Sunlight Solar receives service calls. Squirrels will chew wires when building their nests, causing damage to the system that could cost thousands of dollars to repair. In order to prevent this, and ensure that your solar panel system remains producing year-round, we use Critter Guard.

In addition to keeping away critters from underneath your panels, Critter Guard also protects your system from leaf litter and other debris build up, which can become a fire hazardĀ andĀ lead to roof rot.

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Damage on solar panel wiring from chewing squirrels on a home in Massachusetts shown above.

How can I ensure my system is installed with Critter Guard?

Sunlight Solar Energy builds critter guard costs into our quotes automatically so that wildlife and your system remain safe. You can see just how effective these critter guards are in the video below. The squirrel, who may want to make their home under this solar panel system, can no longer access the roof. This homeowner can rest assured that they can avoid paying thousands to repair a system damaged by squirrels and other wildlife. Don’t miss out on valuable sun energy while waiting for your system to be repaired.
Critter Guard installed on a rooftop system in Newton, MA by Sunlight Solar Massachusetts.

Have questions? We’d love to hear from you.

4 Comments on “Critter Guard: Protect Your Solar Panel System”

  1. Good evening. I had my system installed bySunlight in 2012…Time really does fly. My question is: I had a 10 year SREC agreement, which will run out in 2022. Are there any SREC programs beyond my 10 years?


  2. My system was installed by Sunlight Solar over 10 years ago, before the critter guard was available. What is the cost to have it installed now?

  3. You installed solar panels on my rooftop March 2014. I am pretty sure that critter guard was not installed at that time. So the question is what would the cost be to install this?

  4. I would like to know why it was not automatically installed when my system was placed on our roof almost 11 1/2 years ago. I was not happy to receive this email as I now feel like I was cheated and my system will probably fail prematurely from squirrel damage. I spent over $30,000 On our system and now they go for a fraction of what I paid. How much would you want to charge me to install it on my 30 panel system?

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