Home: Winter 2011 › Fighting thefts
04/01/2012 | Channel:
Site Security, Renewable Energy
Tenesol, the global solar provider, has launched its most secure solar support structure to help fight the rising number of solar thefts in the industry – particularly in rural locations and off-grid sites.
The company has drawn on its 28 years of experience in the off-grid solar sector to develop the S-TE Sun Guard structure. The structure uses self-destructing bolts, welded U-frames, stainless steel links and concrete settings to ensure its PV systems are among the most secure in the world.
The S-TE Sun Guard structure is designed to outlast the PV system it protects and to remain intact for more than 25 years. It can withstand winds of up to 150 km/h and uses stainless steel components to resist corrosion, even in marine environments. The use of concrete and self-destructing bolts (whose thread is thinned after tightening) means panels can only be removed by cutting them out of the structure.
The S-TE Sun Guard structure can be linked to a remote monitoring system that warns operators when a panel has been tampered with. In addition, fencing and surveillance equipment powered by the PV system can be used as an added deterrent.
“Protecting investment in solar power means protecting solar systems,” says Benoit Rolland, managing director of Tenesol. “We want our customers’ investments to be as secure as possible – both in terms of the physical system and its productivity. Tenesol guarantees the performance of its modules and now we have used our experience and innovation to offer strong guarantees on the security of our modules.”