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Why Pigeon-Proofing Your Solar Panels is Essential

Updated: Jul 14, 2023


Pigeon-proofing measures for solar panels


Protect Your Solar Investment: The Importance of Pigeon-Proofing Your Solar Panels

Solar panels are an excellent addition to any home or business, providing the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy bills. However, these panels can attract unwanted visitors, particularly pigeons, who seek shelter beneath them. If left unaddressed, this can pose risks to your solar panels. At Sola Renewable Company, we understand the significance of pigeon-proofing to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your solar system.


WHY PIGEONS CAN BE A PROBLEM FOR YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM

Pigeons or other birds can have a more significant impact on your solar PV system than you might anticipate. Let's explore the three main areas of concern:

  1. NOISE AND MESS Pigeons nesting under your solar panels can create disturbance with their scratching, scurrying, and chirping. Sleepless nights and annoyance may follow.

  2. REDUCED EFFICIENCY Pigeon droppings, dirt, and debris that accumulate on your solar panels can hinder their ability to generate solar energy. The coverage acts as a form of shading, leading to a decrease in panel performance and effectiveness, especially with string inverters.

  3. POTENTIAL DAMAGE Pigeons can cause harm to both the exterior and interior components of your solar panels, jeopardizing your investment. Their droppings contain acidity that can corrode wires and damage the panel surface. Additionally, birds may bite through wires and scratch the panels, impacting power generation.

To mitigate these concerns, it's crucial to take proactive steps and pigeon-proof your solar panels.


WHAT IS PIGEON-PROOFING?

Pigeon-proofing involves installing barriers around the perimeter of your solar panels to prevent pigeons from accessing the space underneath. By eliminating their access, pigeons are compelled to seek alternative locations, safeguarding your solar system from potential damage. At Sola Renewable Company, we offer permanent pigeon-proofing solutions tailored to your specific needs.


WHAT DOES PIGEON-PROOFING SERVICES INCLUDE?

When you choose a professional pigeon-proofing service, you can expect the following:

  1. Removal of existing nests or pigeons from under the solar panels and the surrounding area, ensuring no birds are trapped.

  2. Cleaning of the solar panels and the general roof area, including sanitizing surfaces and removing droppings and nesting materials.

  3. Installation of the pigeon-proofing product of your choice, customized to fit your solar panels securely.


COST OF PIGEON-PROOFING SOLAR PANELS

The cost of pigeon-proofing your solar panels depends on several factors:

  1. Choice of solar panel installers.

  2. Selected pigeon-proofing product.

  3. Accessibility of the solar panels without scaffolding.

  4. Required repairs due to infestation.

  5. Size of your solar panel array.


SELECTING A PIGEON-PROOFING INSTALLER

When choosing a pigeon-proofing company, prioritize those with experience working at heights and handling pigeons safely. At Sola Renewable Company, we are PASMA tower trained, HSE certified, and provide a 10-year guarantee on all our solar services. Opting for an inexperienced installer may risk further damage to your solar panels.


EFFECTIVE PIGEON-PROOFING PRODUCTS

Various solutions are available to pigeon-proof your solar panels effectively. It is essential to choose a secure option that prevents vermin from gaining access. Here are some recommended methods:

  1. BIRD MESH WIRE: This stainless steel mesh attaches to the perimeter of your solar panels, preventing birds from accessing the space underneath. It is non-intrusive and can be easily removed for maintenance or cleaning.

  2. ANTI-ROOSTING SPIKES: These spikes discourage pigeons from perching near your solar panels, making the area less appealing. They are humane, reliable, and made from premium-grade stainless steel.

  3. BIRD BLOCKERS FOR SOLAR PANELS: Bird blockers serve as a barrier to prevent bird entry, similar to bird mesh. They match the color of your solar panels, providing an aesthetically pleasing solution. These robust blockers require no drilling or screws.

  4. THE SOLAR SKIRT: Our latest addition, the Solar Skirt, is a sleek black edging that conceals gaps and deters pigeons. Made from durable aluminum and powder-coated in matte black, it complements black solar panels seamlessly.


CONSIDER YOUR SOLAR PANEL ARRAY SIZE

The size of your solar panel array determines the quantity of netting and mesh required to cover the perimeter effectively. Most pigeon-proofing companies calculate costs on a per-panel basis.


ADDRESS PIGEON INFESTATION PROMPTLY

The longer you delay addressing the pigeon problem, the more damage they can cause to your solar PV system. Over time, pigeon populations multiply, leading to increased mess and potential repairs. Regular solar panel servicing can help identify issues and maximize your investment.

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