As per the report, more than one million houses, apartments, and buildings have solar panels on their roof. So, to protect the investment of millions of people around the country, it is necessary to save the panels from pigeons and birds making their nest underneath solar panels.

Because solar panels aren’t just a valuable investment but source of energy production. The damage done by these birds can also void the manufacturer’s warranty on your Solar’s components as they use the cabling to make their nest, and the weight of the nest can cause damage to the cables.

 Bird droppings, feathers and the nesting material they use to build underneath can also block sunlight from reaching the panel’s surface, ultimately reducing panel production and overall system performance.

Therefore, if you don’t apply any bird protection for solar panels, it can cost you a lot of time and money in the long run. So, take action before it’s too late.

MAK Energy, an MCS-certified solar installation and cleaning maintenance services provider, is best at handling solar panel pigeon proofing. For further information, please contact us through our contact number or by visiting our office. 

 

What Does Pigeon Proofing Mean for Solar Panels?

Well, generally, the solar panels’ owner takes measures to stop birds and pigeons from birds and pigeons’ droppings. Usually, the measure includes stopping birds from building the nest and damaging the panels. Dropping and nesting highly affect the solar panel’s efficiency in producing power using the sun’s energy. Keeping pigeons out also means less noise and mess on your roof. It’s about protecting your solar investment and keeping it running smoothly without any problems.

Why Pigeon proofing your solar panels is essential?

Keeping the birds away from your place where solar panels are installed isn’t just a reason for pigeon-proof; it is also about ensuring solar PV systems work efficiently because pigeons and birds’ nests—have several issues. Let’s discuss the major problems they can create for your system.

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Physical Damage

Pigeons love to make nests under solar panels. While building a nest, there is a high chance of cables being damaged. Birds’ weight, the material they carry for nesting, and the habits of roosting can physically damage the solar panels.

Reduced Efficiency

Even though solar panels do not need many maintenance services, pigeon dropping can stop sun rays from reaching the solar panels’ surface, which could ultimately reduce the panels’ efficiency, and you may have to pay a high electricity bill.

Maintenance Cost

 Too many pigeons increase maintenance and cleaning costs. It can also become a headache for owners who spend a lot of time removing the birds’ droppings daily. 

Why is solar panel bird-proofing the most effective solution?

Removing bird droppings and debris is quite a difficult task because the panels need cleaning daily. On the other hand, protecting the solar panels from building nests is a one-time solution. Birds are habitual visitors unless they are deterred. Particularly, pigeons regularly visit those places with their nests. If the behavior of such birds passes to their offspring, it will be more challenging to get them away from the system.  

Bird-Proofing your solar panels: Prevention is better than cure

Pigeon proofing was not done by solar panel companies in the UK at the time of installation. Therefore, owners need to get pigeon-proofing for their solar panels as soon as possible to prevent further loss.

How does MAK Energy protect your solar panels from Pigeons?  

MAK Energy’s proofing process involves three steps: We ensure that your solar PV system is properly maintained and clean and produces enough electricity for your home.

  1. First, make sure the birds do not land on your solar panels. For this, we use repellent gel, which restricts birds and pigeons from landing on the solar panels, ultimately protecting them from debris.
  • After applying the gel, the next step is to prevent birds from getting underneath. We use mesh fitting around the solar panels, which includes special material clips to secure the mesh to the panels. Alternatively, we can install bird spikes around the solar panels.
  • To prevent birds from sitting and causing trouble on your roof, we simply install pigeon spikes where they tend to land. These spikes deter them from perching and creating a mess

Summary

The efficiency of the overall solar PV system highly depends on the maintenance and cleaning of the solar panels. as they are the real source of absorbing the sun power and converting it into electricity for the use in home or offices. But one such problem that home owners particularly face is the birds and pigeons dropping that can damage the solar panels not just physically but also its performance.

MAK Energy make sure your solar panels do not become the home place for birds, for that we use three easy steps it starts with apply the gel which restrict the birds to stay away form the panels. then mesh is fitted around the solar panels and at the end we put up some birds’ spikes to stop their landings.

If you need any information regarding solar panel bird proofing, feel free to contact us by filling our form or by contacting us at the given number. 

The increasing demand for energy across the globe and consequently the rise in carbon emissions and fossil fuel emissions have already threatened the environmental future of our planet. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly crucial for every home owner, business owners and industrialists to meet their energy needs using renewable energy sources. Solar energy is one such source that is easily accessible for every one and also cost-effective.

Although the components of a Solar PV system do not require regular maintenance, installations in areas like commercial and industrial zones are more prone to accumulating dust, bird droppings, and leaves which ultimately reduce the overall system performance.

While cleaning and maintenance for small systems can be done manually. However, the megawatt projects require advanced AI-integrated tools that can perform the cleaning process more accurately and at a faster pace. One such solution is solar panel cleaning robots that clean the solar surface efficiently and ensure there is no risk of human injury or damage. MAK Energy offers solar cleaning services using the latest robots that do the job efficiently, reliably, and quickly.

So, if you have a solar PV system installed over large areas, opt for our robotic cleaning services to ensure your system produces maximum energy for you.

In this blog, we will discuss four different robotic products for solar panel cleaning that can make your system highly efficient and free from any dust or bird droppings

Understanding the Solar Panel Clearing Robots

Solar panel cleaning robots are advanced and automated cleaning machines designed to efficiently clean solar panels by removing dust and debris. The operation of these robots is quite similar; they are equipped with soft brushes, an air blower, and a water tank to gently clean the panels.

A common perception is that water must be used to clean panels. However, some robotic models are waterless, which makes the cleaning process eco-friendlier and more cost-effective. They ensure your panels produce maximum energy output and prolong the panels’ lifespan

What are the different types of Solar panels robots

SolarCleano Model F1            

This robotic machine is known as the fastest cleaning robot available on the market. It can easily cover up to 1600m² in an hour, meaning no matter how large your project is, it will only take a few hours for this speedy robot to clean your panels. With just one person in command, the SolarCleano Model F1 can clean 2MW of solar panels in one day. Isn’t that interesting?

The condition of the panels doesn’t matter to it; whether wet or dry, it will perfectly clean the panels

SolarCleano Model F1

Key Features:

  • Connects to standard garden hoses (13-15mm diameter; 2.0 – 8.0 bar pressure).
  • Valves to regulate water consumption.
  • Option for waterless cleaning.
  • Certified no microcracks after electroluminescent testing.
  • Central electric switching box powered by lithium-ion batteries (2h30 autonomy).
  • Remote operation camera for safety.
  • Helicoidal brushes in 1.1m, 1.2m, and 2.2m lengths with two bristle types.
  • High-end caterpillar tracks exerting 4200Pa pressure on panels.

Solarcleano Model M1 Mini

For smaller solar PV systems, the SolarCleano Model M1 Mini is the perfect robotic machine. They are very lightweight and can easily be moved from one place to another, weighing only 27kg. The M1 can clean up to 800 m² in an hour. Just like the F1 model, it also comes in two variations: water and waterless. You can choose the one that suits your requirements. The best part about using these cleaning robots is that they don’t require much human interaction; they can be operated all day by just one person. It’s perfect for smaller installations, such as domestic panels

SolarCleano Model M1 Mini

Key Features:

  • Hooks up to your everyday garden hoses (13-15mm diameter; 2.0 – 8.0 bar pressure).
  • Built-in valves to keep water use in check.
  • Boasts a waterless cleaning option for those dry days.
  • Passed with no microcracks in the electroluminescent test – that’s quality assurance!
  • Central electric box powered by lithium-ion batteries, good for a solid 3-hour run.
  • Comes with 0.8m helicoidal brushes, dual bristle types, ready for any solar cell, wet or dry.
  • High-end caterpillar tracks that tread lightly with a 3500Pa pressure, keeping your panels safe and sound.

Solar Robot Pro

If you have a larger PV system whether roof-mounted or ground-mounted the Solar Robot Pro is perfectly suited to clean your panels efficiently. It can quickly clean areas up to 2000 square meters. The system is user-friendly and can be assembled in just a few minutes with a few simple steps. It is then controlled from a safe distance using a radio remote control. The unique brush design ensures an effective cleaning process without the need for chemical additives or cleaning agents. If you need more information or further assistance, feel free to ask.

Solar Robot Pro

Key Features

  • Adaptable for various areas: roofs, open fields, deserts, barns, and more.
  • Flexible use on surfaces with up to 25° incline, and 45° with side guidance.
  • Enhanced safety features, including edge detection and fall protection sensors.
  • Remote control operation for safe and convenient use.
  • Innovative brush design for high performance, rotating at ±400 rpm.
  • Efficient cleaning with minimal water use, approximately 0.5 l/sqm, without chemicals.
  • Dry cleaning capability for versatility.
  • Modular design with 7 lightweight components under 20kg each, for easy transport and customization.

GEKKO Solar High-Tec Robot – Serbot 

The GEKKO Solar robot is a game-changer for cleaning hard-to-reach PV panels on rooftops and solar farms. It’s ideal for cleaning services. It come with an impressive cleaning rate of up to 1,040 m² per hour which make it a perfect cleaning partner for larger installations. The robot operates with rotating brushes and demineralized water that ensure that you do not need any labour to clean your panels. Additionally, it comes with a trolley for water and energy, and for smaller farms, a support wagon provides all necessary utilities for autonomous operation.

GEKKO Solar High-Tec Robot – Serbot

Summary

The cleaning process for smaller home solar PV systems isn’t difficult. However, systems installed in commercial and industrial areas are often larger in number, so their cleaning needs to be done in a fast and reliable manner. This is where the solar panel cleaning kit, equipped with robots, comes in handy. These robots can easily clean megawatts of solar panels in a single day, ensuring you get the maximum output from your solar system. MAK Energy is equipped with all these solar panel robotic machines and is the best solar panel cleaner in town. If you own a system that requires an advanced tool for its cleaning and maintenance, feel free to contact us.