How to protect your solar from bird poo

Having solar panels can help cut down on your energy bills. 

Although solar panels are relatively easy to maintain, they can also attract various birds, such as pigeons or nearer the coast seagulls. 

These pests can become a problem if you have solar panels on your roof as this can create an ideal environment for them to build nests and congregate.

Since they need to receive as much sunlight as possible to produce electricity, having clean and clear panels is very important. 

But did you know other issues such as bird mess can also affect the system?

At Climateshield Solar we are here to help – not only to install the system, but to maintain and operate it for you.

So as a helping hand – here is how to protect your solar from bird poo.

Protecting your investment

One of the biggest problems that solar panel owners face, is making them bird proof.

Over time, the birds can start to multiply and damage the solar panels that you have. This can be caused by the build-up of bird droppings and nesting materials.

Not only is bird poop a common issue with solar panels, but it can also block the sunlight that the panels need to produce electricity. 

The acidic nature of the bird’s droppings can also cause damage to the panels.

The damage that birds can do to your solar panels can be incredibly expensive.

Although it’s possible to convince them to leave, they will still not do so. 

Over time, birds can begin to multiply and can cause extensive damage to your solar system, including the cabling, wiring and the panels themselves. The damage is due to a build-up of nesting materials and bird droppings.

To prevent them from nesting under your panels, make sure that you have some form of bird proofing. 

One of the most effective ways to protect your panels is by using wire mesh. 

This mesh, which goes around the outer edge of the panels, extends up to the roof tiles and around the entire length of the panels. It should also prevent other creatures from getting in. This method is usually carried out as soon as the panels are installed. 

Most companies use a clip-on system that fits over the wire mesh to prevent the birds from getting access to the panels. High quality mesh and specialist clips are required so as not to damage the panel or invalidate your panel warranty.

Although spikes are sometimes used to prevent the birds from landing on the panels, they aren’t as effective as they sound. 

There are other alternatives such as sonar pulses, installing a plastic bird on the roof or hiring in a trained hawk – but we usually find that bird proofing the solar panels is usually enough to do the job!

And we would always advise that any work is done by professionals from both a safety point of view and so as not to invalidate the warranty.

Keeping clean 

One of the most important factors that you should consider when it comes to keeping your solar panels in good working condition is regularly cleaning them. 

You can get a professional solar panel cleaning company to help or get our operations and maintenance team on board – it’s not complicated.

Before you start the process of protecting your solar panels, it’s important that you thoroughly clean up after the birds. 

This will remove the old nests and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

It is recommended that the professional service uses a biocide treatment to kill the bird debris on the roof and the gutters.

Before you start cleaning the panels, make sure that the mess is not going solid. 

After a while, the deionised water should have started to work its way into the mess and will penetrate the panels and break up the bird’s droppings. 

Be careful not to damage the panels while doing so, as this will prevent them from fully working.

This is in rare cases as the panels are built to withstand reasonable pressure being exposed to all elements of weather. 

Did you know? 

Despite the potential effects of bird damage on your solar panels, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) supports the use of solar power. This is because it can help the environment and provide a source of energy for our homes. 

By law, all wild bird species, their eggs and nests are protected. For more detailed information, please read up on The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, but as a basic overview, it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or destroy the nest of any wild bird. Furthermore, there is an unlimited fine and up to six months imprisonment for breaking this law.


The last drop

Changing bird behaviour when they are settled in an area is not easy, but deterring them from visiting a site and cleaning up after them can be a good solution.
Burying your head in the sand, hoping the birds will go away or that the panels will clean themselves is not the answer. 

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help your business with solar solutions, operations and maintenance on existing solar systems and how you can save money on your electricity bills – and possibly even earn money, get in touch with our team today.
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