TransGard currently protects over 3,000 substations from wildlife in the United States and Canada, offering critical benefits to utilities and their customers. The laser bird control device is an automated system that uses a green laser beam on the concentrated areas where the birds are nesting or roosting to scare them away. As the green laser beam approaches the birds, they feel threatened and fly away from the area immediately.
Joel Mietzner explored many other bird control devices as a potential solution, however, they had no success with them. Mietzner says “We wanted to do our homework about choosing a solution, but we needed to solve the problem quickly. We contacted TransGard about laser bird defense.”
Zero bird-related outages since installation
After deploying the automated laser bird control devices at Benton REA, the birds stayed away. Benton REA was able to keep birds out of the substation without disturbing their migratory patterns The substation managed to achieve zero bird-caused outages since the deployment of the automated bird control devices.
“The birds have learned that the interior of the substation is not somewhere they want to be. Every substation has its own needs and challenges, but the Laser Bird Defense was the answer for us.”
Joel Mietzner, Systems Engineer with Benton REA