20 Dec How to bird proof a solar panel
Once you install your solar panel, it is best to install a solar panel bird mesh kit to prevent birds from entering and nesting under your solar panel and chewing on electrical cables or building their nests under your panels where they risk becoming a fire hazard from embers from a bushfire catching on the dry tinder material.
How to install solar skirts solar panel bird mesh kits
Installation tools you need
- roll of galvanized and UV PVC coated wire mesh.
- fastener caps.
- fastener hooks.
- Installation instructions manual.
- Wire Cutters
Procedure to follow when installing your solar skirts solar panel bird mesh kits
- Before installing the solar panel bird mesh kit, ensure that you follow safety precautions, and wear protective gear.
- Fold the end of the mesh roll at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Fit a fastener cap to the end of the fastener hook.
- Start at one corner of your solar panel array. Firmly hold the wire mesh to the corner of your panel’s level with the panel framework’s topmost part. Inlay the fastener hook through the mesh with the hook facing upwards and connect to the panel framework’s underside.
- Take hold of the fastener’s end with one hand or using pliers and slide the fastener cap until it holds the mesh tight against the panel frame. Redo this step and work your way around the panel, installing a fastener at every 30-50cm approximately.
- Fold the mesh corners above and under each other to finish the corners and trim the fasteners back to the fastener cap. It is suggested that you cut the mesh to halfway up from the bottom to let the mesh be folded to shape for the inside corners. For rails and switchgear, you will need to cut windows or flaps so that you can mould the mesh around.
What are the drawbacks of leaving birds to invade your solar panel?
Invasive birds lead to corrosive effects on your solar panel. The mess from birds is a serious problem that you should never ignore. If birds stay for so long under your solar panel, they will leave their eggshells, grass, among other kinds of mess, which can result in fouling build-up. In the absence of the proper ammonia and saltwater test certificates, any bird droppings on the solar panel frame will damage the aluminium, leading to a higher corrosion rate, which can permanently damage the solar panels.
Your solar panels can stop working. When birds build their nests under your solar panel, they can tamper with the electrical wiring and cause the entire panel to stop working or potential fire outbreaks. This will cost you more money.
Birds that live in nests on your rooftop are so noisy. It’s hard to enjoy a peaceful and comfortable environment, especially when many birds make noise on your rooftop.
Bird droppings on your solar panel are hard to remove. More birds under the solar panels mean more birds on top of your solar panels too. Bird droppings on your solar panels look terrible, and they become hard to remove, especially if they are baked under the sun for long. These stains can eventually cause your solar panels to stop working.
Do solar panels attract birds?
Solar panels attract birds because of their warmth, comfort, and safety for birds’ survival. It’s no doubt that birds tend to build their nests in the same area and conditions similar to what they were born in. This makes solar panels the right place for birds to reside in and breed other birds.
Can birds damage solar panels?
Yes, birds like pigeons can damage solar panels. When solar panels are manufactured, they are not made to host birds on or under them. If the birds increase, their weight can easily break the MC4 clips that link the wires to the underneath of your solar panels. This problem can be expensive to repair. At Easy Pest Supplies, we advise you to prevent all the adverse effects caused by birds to your solar panel by installing our solar panel bird mesh kit.
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How often should you clean your solar panels?
There is no particular time frame for cleaning your solar panels since it depends on your geographical location. The average owner of a solar panel in Australia will need to clean their solar panels only once or twice a year. Check your solar panel regularly and assess whether it needs cleaning. If you stay near an airport or freeway, oil and other pollutants can accumulate on your solar panels, which means you will need regular cleaning on your solar panels.
Tips to help you maintain your solar panels in good condition
- Use scarecrows. Feel free to put a scarecrow next to your solar panels that rotate in all directions to scare away the pest birds from your solar panels. Also, there are high-tech, automated birds of prey that you can install on your roof to scare birds away. You can use a scarecrow alongside a solar panel bird mesh kit from Easy Pet Supplies to achieve good results.
- Always keep your garden and courtyard clean. Burn all the rubbish or dispose of it in an area that birds can’t access to block them from searching for food in your waste. Clear away all your food remains in tightly sealed plastic bags so that no bird can access them. If you have rubbish bins, you should cover them adequately with lids.
- Don’t use an abrasive sponge or soap when cleaning your solar panel. These may scratch the tempered glass surface of the solar panel and reduce its efficiency. The alternative you can use is a soft rag or biodegradable soap.
- Don’t worry about cleaning dust, dirt, or debris if it rains regularly where you live. There is no need to clean your solar panels daily if it rains more often in your area. The rainwater will easily wash away the dust, dirt, or debris off your solar panel.
- Wait for an overcast evening or morning to clean your solar panels. If the sunshine is heavy, the water you use to clean will evaporate quickly and leave weird marks on your solar panel.
- Scrape off the excess snow. After a heavy snowfall in your area, some snow or ice can collect on your solar panels. If your solar panels are placed on a high rooftop, we suggest that you call cleaning experts to help you do the cleaning. You can also leave the snow there since the dark surfaces on your panel will attract sunlight, contributing to melting snow.
Based on the type of roof or house you have, here is the list of things that you can do for yourself to clear snow.
- Wait for the snow to melt off your solar panel. If you have a steep roof, it will take a short time for the snow to melt away.
- Spray the snow off with a hose. Be careful of the temperature changes while you do this. Remember, you only want to melt the snow and not freeze it further.
- If you can access your rooftop, sweeping your solar panels becomes easier. Take good care of your panels to avoid damaging them.
- Hire a professional cleaning team to clean filthy solar panels on a pitched roof. Your panels can get pretty dirty, so it’s always best to hire a cleaning crew with expertise in solar panels to do the perfect cleaning for you. Besides, it’s risky for you to climb up a pitched roof if you have no idea about what to do. Once you possess the funds, feel free to hire a contractor to install automatic systems and cleaning robots to perform a thorough cleaning of your solar panels.
Pigeon-proofing your solar panels is a vital measure you can use to keep them clean and safe for an extended period.. You’ll ponder how you ever managed without our solar panel bird mesh.