Solar Panel Pigeon Protection in Norfolk - Ten-Year Guarantee
It’s reported that Norfolk already has well over 1 million solar panels, supplying enough energy for some 800,000 homes, or one fifth of all the households in the county. And despite government cut-backs in grants and feed-in tariffs, it’s a figure that is set to keep rising.
There are solar farms from Downham Market to Cromer, Caister to Kings Lynn. Lightsource Renewable Energy alone has built six farms at the time of writing, made up of some 175,000 solar panels, with farm locations including Thetford, Ryston and Yelverton.
In terms of households contacting Norfolk solar panel companies to power their own homes, a map of solar panel take-up shows that South Norfolk has the highest density of installation, followed by the area known as Breckland.
Homeowners with solar panels have seen their feed-in benefits eroded by changes to government policy, but the county as a whole is regarded is regarded by the Solar Trade Association as one of the best places in the country to make the best of solar panels, because of the amount of sunshine. And the figures can still stack up if they are working efficiently.
Which isn’t always the case; pigeons in particular love solar panels, nesting underneath them and roosting on them. And they nest all year round in the UK. If you have solar panels, it’s odds on that sooner or later you will find yourself searching for Norfolk solar panel pigeon protection companies.
Gulls can leave their droppings on them too, especially on coastal areas. Any build-up of droppings on the panels shades the photovoltaic cells that convert the sun’s radiation into electrical current, meaning the performance is not what is should be.
The uric acid in droppings can erode the fittings, and pigeon guano is particularly toxic and should not be cleared up without the right PPE. The local council classifies pigeon guano as hazardous waste, and you need the right waste carrier’s licence to deal with and dispose of it (which we have).
Worst of all, the guano is a vector for serious disease and bacteria, which can easily transfer to humans and make us ill. All that and the nesting and roosting birds make a hell of a racket, and are a recipe for falling out with your neighbours. Yes, pigeons under solar panels is an unwanted issue that needs dealing with quickly, and with a long term solution.
The good news is that here at British Bird Control we can help through our specialist Norfolk solar panel pigeon proofing service. 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 Norfolk and we cover most of the surrounding area including all of East Anglia.
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!