Solar panels are a great addition to any home or business, looking to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their energy bills. Nevertheless, they do come with some potential noisy neighbours.
Solar Panels form a perfect warm and safe space for birds, in particular pigeons to nest under. If left untreated, you could be finding an entire family of pigeons nesting under your solar panels. As a result of your new neighbours, your Solar panels could be at risk. Pigeons and other birds, can cause extreme damage to your solar panels.
How Pigeons Can Impact Your Solar System
Pigeons or Birds can have more of an impact on your Solar PV System than you may think. We have broken down the impact into 3 main sections.
1. Birds Are Loud and Messy
2.Decrease your Solar Panels Efficiency
Pigeon droppings, dirt and mess that begin to cover your Solar Panels, will have an impact on your Solar Panel’s ability to generate Solar energy. By pigeons covering the surface of your solar panels, there will be a decrease in panel performance, and effectiveness. This is especially worrying if you are on a string inverter, as it essentially acts as a form of shading.
3. Pigeons Can Damage your Solar Panels
Pigeons can cause damage to both the exterior and interior components of your solar panels, ultimately damaging your Solar investment. Pigeon droppings contain high levels of acidity, which can cause erosion to wires, and even damage the surface of your solar panels. Birds can also bite through the wires, and scratch the surface of your solar panels causing your system to loose its ability to generate power.
Sounds worrying doesn’t it? That is why it is best practice to pigeon proof your solar panels before the problem arises.
What Is Pigeon Proofing
What Does Pigeon Proofing Services Include
Most Pigeon Proofing Services will include the following:
- The removal of any existing nests or pigeons from underneath the Solar Panels and surrounding area. Ensuring no birds are left trapped underneath the solar panels.
- Cleaning the Solar Panels and General roof area. Including sanitising the surfaces, and removing any droppings and nesting materials.
- The installation of the pigeon proofing product of your choice.
How Much Does it Cost to Pigeon Proof Solar Panels?
The cost to pigeon proof your Solar Panels depends on 5 factors. Firstly, the Solar Panel installers you choose. Secondly, the product you choose to combat the issue with. Thirdly, whether or not your solar panels can be accessed without the need for scaffolding. Fourthly, if there is any damage that needs to be repaired due to the infestation. And lastly, the size of your solar panel array.
Choosing A Bird Proofing Installer
Pigeon Proofing Products
There are a variety of ways you can pigeon proof your Solar Panels. It is important that you select a secure solution, that will prevent vermin from gaining access. Here are what we believe to be the most effective way of preventing birds from getting underneath your Solar Panels.
1.Bird Mesh Wire
2. Anti-Roosting Spikes
3. Bird Blockers For Solar Panels
4. The Solar Skirt
The Solar Skirt is the latest addition to Deege Solar’s Bird Proofing services. It is essentially a sleek black edging that is added around the solar panels to hide unsightly gaps and to keep pigeons at bay. The Solar Skirt is a premium pigeon proofing solution, made from aluminium and powder coated in Matt Black. The perfect finish complimenting black solar panels.
Size of Your Solar Panel Array
It’s a no brainer, that the more Solar Panels you have installed the more Bird netting and mesh will be required to cover the perimeter of your system. Most companies who offer pigeon proofing, will calculate the total cost on a per panel basis.