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Hi my parents had free solar panels done via ashadegreener some 4-5 years ago. The guttering by the panels have accumulated gigantic bird nests + lots of dropped pigeon eggs/dead chicks on the patio as well as a line of bird droppings. Now with the gutter getting blocked its getting quite troublesome.
I've wrote to ashadegreener who have said the cost is ~£600 to go up and install a cage.
Is anyone aware if we have some kind of recourse with ashadegreener regarding this? I know maintenance of the panel falls under their responsibility but I imagine my only option is to get this fixed privately?

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  • emgus53emgus53 Forumite
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    Our property has 'rent-a-roof' solar panels installed (prior to us purchasing, different company to your parents) which pigeons moved into/under shortly after we moved in c3 years ago. They caused a lot of mess (similar to what you mention) so we just repeatedly complained to the solar maintenance company appointed by the owners of our panels and they eventually sent someone out late last year to clear any nests from under the panels and fit mesh around them to prevent the pigeons getting back in free of charge.
    I can't imagine this would have cost them anywhere near £600 as the guy was only here for about an hour and it's not any special mesh or anything, just up and down on ladders fixing it to the side of the panels/frame. If you were trying to sort it privately then ashadegreener would need to be consulted and agree to it being done as it's their panels that you'd be fixing the mesh to.

    Take a look (if you haven't already) at the lease documents to see if theres any requirement on the tenant to not have a detrimental effect on the property (or something along those lines). Though this may come under the maintenance aspect anyway. We based our arguments on the fact that if the solar panels weren't there then the pigeons wouldn't nest there and therefore there wouldn't be any mess, and as they were responsible for the solar panels then they need to sort it out!

    Hope you/your parents manage to get it sorted soon. 
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    lemon312 said:
    Hi my parents had free solar panels done via ashadegreener some 4-5 years ago. The guttering by the panels have accumulated gigantic bird nests + lots of dropped pigeon eggs/dead chicks on the patio as well as a line of bird droppings. Now with the gutter getting blocked its getting quite troublesome.
    I've wrote to ashadegreener who have said the cost is ~£600 to go up and install a cage.
    Is anyone aware if we have some kind of recourse with ashadegreener regarding this? I know maintenance of the panel falls under their responsibility but I imagine my only option is to get this fixed privately?
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    This problem has been the subject of a long thread in the Green and ethical section of this forum see: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/5617212/pigeons-nesting-under-my-panels

  • lemon312lemon312 Forumite
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    emgus53 said:
    Our property has 'rent-a-roof' solar panels installed (prior to us purchasing, different company to your parents) which pigeons moved into/under shortly after we moved in c3 years ago. They caused a lot of mess (similar to what you mention) so we just repeatedly complained to the solar maintenance company appointed by the owners of our panels and they eventually sent someone out late last year to clear any nests from under the panels and fit mesh around them to prevent the pigeons getting back in free of charge.
    I can't imagine this would have cost them anywhere near £600 as the guy was only here for about an hour and it's not any special mesh or anything, just up and down on ladders fixing it to the side of the panels/frame. If you were trying to sort it privately then ashadegreener would need to be consulted and agree to it being done as it's their panels that you'd be fixing the mesh to.

    Take a look (if you haven't already) at the lease documents to see if theres any requirement on the tenant to not have a detrimental effect on the property (or something along those lines). Though this may come under the maintenance aspect anyway. We based our arguments on the fact that if the solar panels weren't there then the pigeons wouldn't nest there and therefore there wouldn't be any mess, and as they were responsible for the solar panels then they need to sort it out!

    Hope you/your parents manage to get it sorted soon. 
    This is the same argument I hold. Though I did not pursue it further. 

    But I think now with my gutter getting blocked it seems plausible than just have eggs being dropped from above! (so much so ive had paint damage to my car).

    Will definitely be having a word.
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    lemon312lemon312 Forumite
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    Tried my hand by formulating a letter clearly stating the problem with several images showing the height of the issue. Just received a very arrogant letter back saying they have no obligation. Possibly the case, depending on interpretation of the lease. Also subtly warned that specifically 2 other customers tried to raise the matter in court to no avail. Birds, which are attracted to their panels, are causing damage to our cars, guttering, patio and our health when we are having to clean the bird poo/cracked eggs.

    Anyone have any suggestions at this point? I imagine these type of companies are not bound by any particular ombudsman?
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    If you have to go down the route of getting it privately fixed, then look on line for kits also u tube videos showing installation.

    Shop around get kit and get local roofer in? Might be last alternative to.

    https://www.pestfix.co.uk/solar-panel-bird-exclusion-system-installation-guide.asp
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