Solar Panel Pigeon Protection in Cambridge - Ten-Year Guarantee
Cambridge is world famous for it’s young, vibrant and forward thinking community and spirit and it will come as a surprise to no-one that take-up of solar panels in Cambridge is higher here than in any other town or city for three hours’ drive in any direction. Indeed at Cambridge University work is underway on what could be the next generation of solar cells , which could be significantly more efficient than the photovoltaic cells used to convert the sun’s radiation into electricity at the moment. Another university team has secured £1million in grants to test a new generation of self-cleaning solar panels
Until that happens though, the rest of us need to deal with cleaning them ourselves, and one of the things that can get in the way of their efficiency is pigeons, or more specifically a build-up of pigeon droppings. Lady pigeons breed three or four times a year in the UK. They are always on the look-out for the perfect nesting site, and take a particular fancy to solar panels because the space under them gives them exactly what they need – security, warmth and shelter in a nice, high place – your roof! If you have solar panels, it’s very likely that you will be looking for a Cambridge solar panel pigeon proofing company sooner or later.
Where you get pigeons, you get droppings – around 25lb per year per pigeon in fact. That’s the weight over your average two year old child! A build-up of guano on the panels doesn’t just look unsightly – it will shade the cells and adversely affect the performance of the panels.
The pigeon guano is corrosive too due to the uric acid content, and in fact it’s classified as hazardous waste by the local authority and you need licences to deal with it (which we have).
You should also know that pigeon guano is a vector for all sorts of nasty bacteria and diseases which can be passed onto humans. There’s more about that in the Blog on this website, and it doesn’t make pretty reading. In conclusion, pigeons under solar panels is a problem that needs dealing with.
The good news is that here at British Bird Control we can help through our specialist Cambridge solar panel pigeon proofing service. We are based just up the road from the city, and we know just how stop the pigeons getting underneath solar panels, so that they will move on, long term.
We offer a gilt-edged TEN-YEAR GUARANTEE with all our solar panel pigeon protection work in Cambridgeshire and we cover most of the surrounding area including Huntingdon, Bury St Edmonds, Saffron Walden and Royston.
Frequently Asked Questions
At British Bird Control we like to keep things nice and simple when it comes to the cost of solar panel pigeon protection, and we are very competitive indeed on price. Our cost structure is largely based on whether or not our operatives will require scaffolding to carry out the work safely.
We can usually work this out from a telephone consultation and a quick look at your property on Google Earth, and can often provide you with a quotation over the phone. We require a 25% deposit to book in. Call us on 0800 327 7293.
Yes, all our teams carry specialist solar panel and roof tile cleaning kits with all the specialist equipment, cleaning fluids and biocides required to provide the best way to clean solar panels roof tiles, gutters and walls of pigeon guano safely and without any damage.
This not only cleans but is also a powerful biocide agent, which kills the bacteria, viruses and fungi associated with pigeon guano. This is not priced is as part of the solar panel proofing work, but can be quoted once we arrive at the job and evaluate what’s involved.
If you have birds getting under solar panels and believe this could be adversely affecting the performance of the panels and the very reason you got them in the first place, please let us know during the telephone consultation.
We have teams that can evaluate and fix solar panel performance on the spot, but if this is the case we may need to make a separate visit before the solar panel proofing takes place to check whether there is a short circuit, broken solar panel inverter, or other electrical issue which would make it dangerous to be on the roof until fixed. Please also let us know if you think there are dead adult pigeons under solar panels when we talk on the phone – they may have been electrocuted!