Clean Solar Panels for a Cleaner Planet

Solar panels are a wonderful alternative energy source. Nevertheless, solar panels will gather dust, dirt, bird dropping, and other obstructions that significantly hinder sunlight from being harvested . Thus, it is especially important to clean your solar panels on a regular basis so that they perform at maximum productivity.

In wetter climates, rain may be a sufficient cleaning source, but you may still see a significant increase in production if you thoroughly clean your solar panels by hand.

Cleaning solar panels by hand is a simple task. All it takes is a sponge or soft towel and a solar panel cleaner. A recommended solar panel cleaner is PowerBoost, and it can be purchased at . What’s nice about PowerBoost is that it leaves behind an invisible protective layer that repels dust, dirt, and air-born pollution for a longer-lasting clean. If your solar panel is located close to the edge of your roof it may be difficult and dangerous to clean. In this case, a water-fed pole may be beneficial and considerably safer. Water-fed poles can also be purchased at .

If you decide to clean your solar panel by hand, there are a few precautions that you should keep in mind. First, do not walk on or over your solar panel while cleaning it. Secondly, before cleaning your solar panel, read the manual and make sure the cleaning product that you will be using is safe and compatible with your solar panel material. PowerBoost, as aforementioned, should be compatible with all types of solar panels. Thirdly, do not use abrasive or metal objects for cleaning, as scratches and cracks can significantly lower productivity and could potentially ruin your solar panel. Also, check for large scratches or cracks before washing your solar panel. Most solar panels have a glass covering that protects the internal wiring from the elements. However, if cracks or large scratches are present, water or chemicals could seep into the wiring and ruin the panels. Finally, do not spray or clean solar panels when they are extremely hot, as this could also damage the solar panel wiring.

Since bird droppings will severely lower your solar panel’s production, it is important to keep birds from nesting behind or near your solar panels. Some common bird deterrents are bird spikes, fake owls, and bird nets. For a listing of bird deterrent products see

Remember, the whole idea behind a solar panel is too save on energy costs. If your solar panel is not working at maximum productivity, it is not doing its job. A clean solar panel is a working solar panel!

Avoiding the West Nile Virus

A dead bird infected with the West Nile Virus was recently found in the Canyon Country of Southern California. A dead bird was also found in Alamo which tested positive for West Nile Virus, as well as another dead bird from Brentwood.

“It’s important to remember that West Nile virus is endemic to Southern California so we can expect to see virus activity in birds and mosquitoes during the warm months year after year,” said Truc Dever, a spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

A total 271 infected birds have been found this year in California, 42 of them in Los Angeles County.

However, humans are also susceptible to the West Nile Virus, which can cause meningitis, brain infections, neck stiffness, coma, convulsions and paralysis. Last year, California saw 445 cases and 15 deaths, and in Los Angeles County there were 170 cases and six deaths. What is even more disturbing is that these symptoms can be re-occurring, coming and going throughout the victims life.

To avoid contamination it is important to keep pest birds like pigeons and seagulls away from human contact. Call 1-800-NO-BIRDS, or visit the to find all your bird repelling solutions.

Original article by the signal.

Bird Strikes by Airplanes Becoming More Frequent

An editorial written for the Houston Chronicle argues that the FAA ought to know how many birds strikes occur each year and the damage they cause to the aviation industry.

A few comments and critiques about this subject/article have been written for the newspaper and can be accessed by clicking here.

This subject seems to be getting a lot of attention recently. To watch a short interview regarding bird control at airports – done by ABC News with Bird Barrier’s President, Cameron Riddell – go to: and click on the ABC 7 link.

Pest Control Truck Creates Problems for Aircraft

A RyanAir flight attempting to take off from Parma, Italy had to stop suddenly when they spotted a car at the end of the runway. Aviation officials later found out that the car was from a bird control company inspecting the runway to deter the bird away from it.

The Italian National Agency for Aviation Safety (ANSV) have launched an investigation into the incident, that is thought to be the result of a miscommunication between the car driver, and the control tower.”

Click here for the original story by The Aviation Herald.