Creating a Custom Bird Proofing Plan for Solar Panels
Solar energy is seen as a sustainable power source and there are certain ways that you can increase the efficiency of your solar panel installation. One of the challenges that many homeowners face when it comes to solar panel installations is that it can be exposed to bird related damage. For example, seagulls and pigeons will nest under and around the panels which can lead to many maintenance issues.

There are companies that offer solar bird proofing Melbourne so that you can protect your investment. You need to consider the nesting habits and behaviours of the common bird species in your region and whether your solar panel installation is located in an area that is prone to bird infestations. For example, areas near bodies of water, trees or rooftops are more prone to infestations. You also need to consider the existing bird activity at the location and whether birds generally roost or next in this area.

This will give you a good idea of the level of bird proofing required for your panels. The bird proofing experts will have a good understanding of bird behaviour so that they can come up with bird proofing strategies that are highly effective. There are many reasons that a bird will be attracted to a solar panel. For example, this may have an increased proximity to food sources or provide them with shelter and warmth.

It is generally seagulls and pigeons that have a tendency to nest under solar panels

When you have an idea of their nesting habits, you can identify what the vulnerable areas of the solar installation are and how the bird proofing plan can be customized according to this information. There are also many bird proofing solutions available with the most common being installing mesh or netting around the perimeter of the panels. This will prevent the birds from accessing the area underneath. This will be a physical barrier and it will prevent them from nesting. However, this will not block any sunlight for the panels so your solar panel efficiency will not be reduced. You can also attach deterrents such as bird spikes to the edges of the solar panels so that birds don’t land or perch on them. The birds will not be able to fund stable footing as a result and this will deter them from nesting.

Then there are visual and auditory deterrents

You can use predator decoys, scare balloons or reflective tape to discourage them from approaching the solar panels. There are also ultrasonic devices that can be used to create a hostile environment. There are electric shock systems that can deliver a mild electric shock to any bird that lands near or on the solar panels which can also be a deterrent to nesting. These are environmentally friendly and humane methods that can be used. You also need to check whether the bird proofing plan aligns with your budget. You can work with professionals that specialise in bird control for this project so that they can install the bird proofing solution.