Solar Panel Pigeon Protection in Swansea - 10 Year Guarantee
As part of the on-going drive towards carbon neutral Wales, Swansea Council is looking at a number of applications to build solar farms in the area including a very large one to the north of the city near Craig Cefn Park, which would comprise over 43,000 panels on 21 hectares of land and designed to deliver 20 megawatts. Indeed the council is looking at building a solar farm it would own outright on brown site land it owns itself which some councillors view an opportunity too good to miss.
The area is also taking its commitment to solar overseas. The Swansea led SUNRISE project from Swansea University has been awarded a £800,000 grant to test whether new solar technology based on what’s known as a perovskite solar cell can be viably installed on rooftops in developing countries. Pilot tests will be constructed in India, Mexico, South Africa, Kazakhstan and in the UK.
Swansea’s Gower Power Project has also been making solar waves. This is a community based scheme that puts renewable energy projects into general ownership so that the community can reap the rewards. At the time of writing they look set to take ownership of Brynwhilach solar farm (Gower Power Solar Ltd). The 5MW solar farm, which is already operational, is generating enough electricity for 1500 households.
Welsh householders as a whole were initially relatively careful about getting solar panels fitted, but the country is starting to gain some momentum, and the Swansea and Cardiff areas in particular. In a revealing Solar Power Count Rankings Table produced by Green Business Watch and measuring all 78 counties in England, Wales and Scotland for solar panel output, the Welsh County of Dyfed is seen to be producing most solar energy by some distance in Wales and sits 13th. However, if we combine the figures in the study for West Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and Mid Glamorgan into one figure, the Vale of Glamorgan would easily be the second highest domestic producer of solar electricity in the country.
Yes, solar energy will play a vital role going forward in terms of reducing our carbon footprint. But with them comes a problem with birds nesting under solar panels.
Feral pigeons need cover over their heads when nesting, and solar panels provide them with the perfect combination of warmth, shelter and relative safety for their young. Pigeons also nest all year round, having several broods per year, so their numbers can increase much more quickly than most other birds and they quickly become a pest.
As well as creating a great deal of noise, they also produce a huge amount of fouling. It’s estimated that one pigeon will produce up to 11kg of fouling per year – that means a flock of just 20 birds can be churning out 220kg per year – that’s 480lb – or about half the weight of a grand piano!
But it’s not just the amount of mess and noise. Pigeon fouling is really very dangerous stuff. It is a vector for some really nasty pathogens and bacteria that can cause very serious illness indeed in humans – even blindness and death – if accidentally breathed in dry, if it gets into cuts or is accidentally ingested. As such you need to get the pigeons off your property as quickly as you can, and clearance of fouling should only be attempted by someone who knows what they are doing and wearing the appropriate PPE.
Our Swansea solar panel pigeon proofing service covers all of the Swansea and Glamorgan areas and beyond including Cardiff, Port Talbot, Newport, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Tenby, Merthyr Tydfil, Abergavenny and across to Ross-on-Wyre. We use a very solid galvanised steel mesh which is far superior to roll mesh. The mesh comes in sheets, not rolls, with a thick gauge of wire that requires industrial cutters to cut it to size. As such it enables our technicians to shape the mesh not just to your panel configuration, but also to the rides of your roof tiles if they deem it necessary to stop birds getting back under solar panels.
The work involves an experienced two-man team with all the expertise, training and equipment in place to undertake work like this. The first part of the job is to get the birds out from under the solar panels. This can be straightforward or very difficult, but we do not remove the panels from the bars as that would invalidate your warranty with your solar panel company, as indeed would any drilling to fit the proofing. We have all the licences in place to be able to do this within the law.
The teams remove as much of the nesting materials under the panels as they can without risking the performance of the panels, before applying a professional strength biocide around where any nesting has been going on. This is done firstly to treat any fouling that has got onto the fittings, as pigeon guano is also high in uric acid and corrosive over time. It’s also to try and deal with the bird mites that will be in the nests. Bird mites are tiny little biting insects that feed on the blood of chicks in nests, but they commonly get inside properties and start feeding on human blood. They live in cavities, drive you mad, are difficult to get rid of and indeed are a very good reason to stop birds nesting under your solar panels per se.
The solar panel proofing mesh is fitted side-on to the edge of the panels giving a neat, effective finish. It is attached using UVA stable Polymer fittings with a long shelf life alongside some vertical tensioning of some of the strong prongs under the lips of the panels to give a very strong and secure finish. The use of metal fittings needs to be avoided (metal to metal corrodes) and there is no drilling involved. We carry out literally hundreds of solar panel proofing works a year and the process comes with a gilt edged 10 YEAR GUARANTEE.
We also offer a gutter cleaning service and solar panel cleaning service, plus we can fit pigeon spikes and chimney cowls if required, and we can usually quote you within 10 minutes over the phone if we can find your property on Google Maps – give us a call now on 0800 327 7293.
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!