While humans understand the need to keep electrical & electronic systems in good condition, the animal world does not. Birds and other wildlife love to nest under the panels and nibble on the cables & connectors. Whilst providing a comfortable home for wildlife it is not conducive to maintaining a safe and effective solar solution.
Pigeons and other birds not only cause physical damage to the PV panels but also produce a fair amount of waste which builds up between the panels and the roof. This waste is mixed with various nesting materials and works its way down to the gutters which is not only detrimental to health but can also lead to blockages in your drainage system. Aside from the obvious risk of any insect pests that like to live on these animals making their way into your home via the loft area there is also the noise to contend with. The noise is what usually alerts people to the fact they have a problem.
Here is an example of the wire mesh type solution.
We always lift any panels where nesting has taken place and remove all materials that should not be there. If we find evidence of any nibbling or chewing, we test and replace cables and connectors as required and can even carry out a full inspection and assess whether it would be beneficial to perform any other proactive works while on the roof. Many pest control firms will refuse to install the bird guard if there are any noticeable problems with the array like a loose bolt or panel alignment issue.
That is the advantage of Bolido carrying out the works rather than a roofer or pest control company, we have the experience and skills to resolve any issues with the solar solution in conjunction with completing the guard work. This is especially beneficial when you are paying for scaffolding, if we spot a fault trend we can proactively investigate while said scaffolding is still erected, potentially saving you money in the long term.
Bolido offers a complete solar array protection solution to banish these wildlife problems completely. This protection comes in a few different flavours, being low gauge wire mesh (similar to chicken wire), plastic fingers & high gauge wire for bespoke fitting.
United Kingdom regulation & the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) authorities require any bird/pest guard solution to be a standalone system that does not require any drilling into the panel frame as this would result in non-compliance, all our solutions follow that directive. This practice also safeguards the warranties for physical & functional operation of the solar panels.
Our solutions can be used with traditional string arrays, optimised arrays & micro inverter arrays. Flat or pitched roofs, domestic or commercial applications.
We are so confident our solutions work in the long term we provide a ten-year guarantee.
Prices start from £800 fully fitted. An accurate quote can be issued after discussing the options and your environment.
Here are some examples of alternative protection solutions that may be suitable for your environment.