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Birds And Solar Panels: The Unseen Battle And How To Win It

Birds and solar panels do not seem like the typical foes, do they? But when solar panels are installed on your property, birds, such as pigeons and jackdaws, can sometimes find a cosy spot to nest underneath them.

Still not a big deal? Well, it is. Because bird droppings and other mess can make your solar panels less efficient. So, it is important for you to think about protecting your solar panels from birds.

We are going to discuss this matter in detail in this blog. We will discuss what problems can be there, the best solution for them, and more. Read to explore expert insights and tips.

And if you’d rather speak to our solar panel specialists directly to learn more about it, feel free to do so. We’d love to talk to you and provide expert advice. Call 020 8087 0216 or email enquiries@tarvenlimited.co.uk today.

Birds And Solar Panels – What Is The Battle About?

While wildlife can be endearing, it can also often be a source of nuisance for devices or equipment situated outside of a property. In this section, we will discuss how birds can affect your solar panels.

1.     Debris Accumulation

Solar panels offer a convenient shelter for birds that seek a dry, protected area to nest. Unfortunately, this can lead to the accumulation of bird droppings, feathers, and other debris beneath the panels.

Over time, this buildup can hinder the effectiveness of the solar panels, reducing the amount of sunlight they can absorb and convert into energy. This also impacts their overall lifespan, as the debris can cause damage to the panels themselves.

2.     Damage

Birds can cause damage to solar panels in various ways. For instance, they may attempt to build nests on top of the panels, leading to damage from scratching or pecking.

Additionally, the acidic nature of bird droppings can corrode the panels, which may result in long-term harm. These damages can be costly to repair and may even require the replacement of entire panels. It can be a significant financial burden for homeowners and businesses.

3.     Electrical Risks

Beyond physical damage, the presence of birds and their nesting materials can pose electrical risks. Bird droppings can create a conductive pathway, increasing the risk of electrical shorts and potential fires. This is particularly concerning, given the electrical components present within solar panels.

Solar Panel Bird Proofing – The Ultimate Solution

Bird-proofing involves the implementation of measures to deter birds from accessing or nesting in areas where they can cause harm or inconvenience.

This can include physical barriers, repellents, or other methods designed to make an area less appealing to birds; thus, reducing the risk of damage, contamination, or nuisance.

At Tarven Solar Energy, we implement two highly effective bird proofing methods to ensure long-lasting results. Let’s see what they are and how they help.

1.     Bird Protection Mesh

One effective method for bird proofing solar panels is to install a bird protection mesh. This mesh is made of a fine, durable material that is resistant to weather and physical damage.

The mesh is carefully installed around the perimeter of the solar panels, creating a barrier that prevents birds from accessing the space beneath the panels.

Importantly, the mesh does not interfere with the performance of the solar panels. This allows sunlight to pass through and ensures that the panels can function at their maximum efficiency.

This method is widely used and highly effective and provides a long-term solution for protecting solar panels from bird-related damage. Moreover, with Tarven Solar Energy, this solution comes with a 10-year guarantee as well. To learn more, call 020 8087 0216 now.

2.     Solar Panel Skirting

Another effective bird proofing method is the installation of solar panel skirting. This involves fitting a protective skirt around the edges of the solar panels, creating a physical barrier that deters birds from nesting on or around the panels.

Similar to the bird protection mesh, the solar panel skirting does not interfere with the functionality of the panels. It allows them to continue generating renewable energy without any hindrance.

This method is particularly effective in preventing birds from accessing the space beneath the panels, as the skirting creates a clear boundary that birds are unlikely to cross. Additionally, the skirting is weather-resistant and durable, which is crucial for long-lasting protection of solar panels.

It is also a stylish alternative to the mesh method. Contact us to discuss solar panel skirting.

Top 4 Considerations For Effective Bird Proofing

1.     Compatibility

Ensure that the chosen bird-proofing method is compatible with your home solar panel setup. Some methods, such as bird protection mesh and solar panel skirting, are universally applicable and can be adapted to various types of solar panels.

However, it is essential to consider the specific design and configuration of your solar panel system to ensure that the chosen bird-proofing solution does not interfere with its performance.

Consulting with a professional bird-proofing expert can help you determine the most suitable method for your solar panel setup. This will ensure optimal compatibility and effectiveness.

2.     Weather Resistance

Select materials that can withstand the elements. Solar panels are exposed to various weather conditions, including rain, wind, and sunlight. Therefore, the bird-proofing method chosen should be able to withstand these conditions without deteriorating or losing its effectiveness over time.

High-quality materials such as stainless steel, aluminium, and UV-resistant polymers are ideal for bird-proofing solutions, as they are durable and weather-resistant.

3.     Longevity

Opt for solutions that are durable and require minimal maintenance over time. Bird-proofing methods that are designed to last for many years without the need for frequent repairs or replacements are preferable.

High-quality materials and professional installation can significantly contribute to the longevity of bird-proofing solutions. Additionally, regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and address any issues that may arise.

4.     Wildlife Care

Prioritise bird-proofing methods that do not harm birds or other wildlife. Non-lethal methods, such as bird protection mesh and solar panel skirting, are preferable, as they provide effective bird-proofing without causing harm to birds or other wildlife.

Additionally, professional bird-proofing experts can provide guidance on the most suitable methods for your specific location and situation, taking the local wildlife and environment into consideration.


Bird-proofing solar panels is crucial for maintaining their efficiency and preventing damage. Homeowners and businesses should rely on professional bird-proofing experts to ensure the safety of their solar panels and the well-being of the local wildlife.

Trust Tarven Solar Energy to be careful and responsible while suggesting effective bird proofing methods specific to your solar panel system. We will conduct a free survey of your property, listen to your problems, and offer a suitable quote for the job.

Contact us today to get started.