Keep Pigeons from Destroying Solar Panels

Keep Pigeons from Destroying Solar Panels

Posted on September 4, 2016 by Alex Kecskes in Pigeon Control

Many homeowners and income property owners are installing solar panels to save electricity. Trouble is, in many areas, pigeons are attracted to these panels, as they offer shade and protection to the birds. When these prolific birds flock to a roof, they create costly damage by depositing droppings that eat into the surface of solar panels. Left to gather, these droppings block sunlight and can reduce the overall efficiency of panels. In addition, nesting materials built under panels can impede airflow and can cause them to overheat, again, more damage. Fortunately, the bird control pros at Bird B Gone have a solution to this problem.

Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent Blocks Out Pigeons

Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent solves this problem once and for all. The deterrent includes an 8"x100 foot roll of 0.058" PVC black-coated 1/2" mesh. Specially designed solar clips (sold separately) secure the mesh to the panels. The mesh covers a standard 3kW system (2 rows of 6 panels each or 12 panels total installed in a portrait orientation). The solar clips do not pierce the solar panels and will not scratch them. The number of clips required will depend on the size and number of solar panels. A standard 3kW system (2 rows of 6 panels each—12 panels total installed in a portrait orientation) requires 35 clips. Properly installed, the mesh keeps birds away and prevents pigeons from chewing on the electrical wiring under the panels. Designed to protect the integrity of expensive solar arrays, the Solar Panel Bird Deterrent creates a physical barrier that reduces the need for frequent on-going panel cleaning costs.

Informative Video Speeds Installation

Bird B Gone now offers a new video on the Solar Panel Bird Deterrent. The video shows how to measure solar panels to estimate the amount of material needed, as well as the number of people required for the job. How to cut and align the protective mesh is also addressed, as is how to deal with overlapping panels, corners and obstructions. The video even shows how to install the bird deterrent mesh on Spanish tile roofs. It stresses the importance of cleaning and disinfecting the site under and around the solar panels. This is important, as pigeons are attracted to the scent of nesting materials and droppings. The video also underscores the need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) when removing this debris to prevent injury or infection.

The Leader

Bird B Gone is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice; training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures. For the complete line of products from Bird B Gone, call 1-800-392-6915; fax: 949-472-3116 or visit our website at, e-mail: