Simply put, rooftop solar panels are like Disney land for pigeons, squirrels, and other pest species. Panels provide decent shade from the bright, burning sun, they are safe and secure from predators, and they are the most convenient in-and-out vantage point for birds. What else could they possibly want? If we were birds, we would probably choose solar panels to make a nest as well.
What can be really irritating is that birds can be incredibly persistent, particularly if they have been living under the panel for a long time. Since most solar panels are just 8 inches off the roof deck, removing nests and droppings can be somewhat challenging. Around the same time, if the birds decide to be stubborn, removing them would be incredibly difficult.
Will birds cause serious damage to the panels?
This is going to come off as very disappointing, but the answer is yes!! Birds cause significant financial harm to solar panels each year.
Now comes the danger: other species, such as squirrels and rodents, are drawn to bird nests in solar panels. When these critters come and join the club under the solar panel, they begin to chew through the panel’s electric wiring, causing a short in the solar panel or, more dangerously, the roofs to catch fire.
How to resolve this issue?
The ultimate solution to this problem is very simple. All you must do now is put efficient and humane deterrents underneath the solar panel. Remember to use only humane deterrents and to avoid harming any of these creatures. Ideally, this should be done prior to installing the solar panel or just before these beings arrive at the panel. Nowadays, installing deterrents at this stage is easy and cost-effective since most solar panel contractors already have access to advanced techniques and lifting equipment.
However, if you are uncertain about which product will be better for your specific situation, it is wise to seek guidance from experts in the field of bird protection, since you do not want to hurt any of these lovely animals.