Unfortunately, solar panels make a perfect nesting spot, with low protected shady areas created by the panels, that birds love to rest or build under. The good news is, there are some steps a property owner can take to limit the number of birds, and the mess and disease that they bring with them.

4 Reasons Birds Are an Issue For Solar

Homeowners do their best to keep birds away from their panels for a range of reasons, including:

7 Ways to Keep Birds Off Your Solar Panels

Although birds can be an ongoing issue, there are some steps you can take to stop them nesting or dirtying your panels. Some of these measures are preventative, while others are things you can do if birds are already an issue for you. Proven Energy

Regular Maintenance & Cleaning

Although there are a range of things you can do to protect your property from birds, the most important step you can take to maintain safe and high producing solar panels is to ensure you’re regularly cleaning and maintaining them. Regular maintenance ensures no parts are exposed to the birds or elements, any issues are addressed, and replacements are made when needed. Regular cleaning means no bird mess, dust, dirt or leaves will lower the production of your system. Check with your solar provider about the recommended cleaning and maintenance schedule for your system.


Susannah Birch (author) from Toowoomba, Australia on August 09, 2020: Thanks for the heads up, Ellen, I’ve fixed it! Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on August 07, 2020: Susan, I really enjoyed this article. Interesting information even though I don’t have solar panels. I think you want to check Item 1 under “8 Ways to Keep Birds Off Your Solar Panels.” Something seems off. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2020: We do not have solar panels currently. I never thought about birds becoming a problem. Thanks for the heads up and possible solutions.

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