Solar panel pigeon proofing — how to stop bird poo and nests damaging your array

Pigeons sitting on roof solar panels
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So, you've decided the time is right to install solar PV panels to your roof but have you considered solar panel pigeon proofing? 

You've had the roof checked to make sure that it's big enough, and strong enough, for the solar PV panels to be securely mounted, and you've been told that the panels have self-cleaning glass, so maintenance will be almost non-existent. And with the cost of electricity rising exponentially, what could be better than generating and using your own, free, green electricity? 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.

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