Mark Bennett, owner of Sheeplands Farm, invested in a reliable, cost effective system to use the farm’s 60-million-liter irrigation reservoirs to generate free, green energy to increase their energy independence, without using valuable land space. With expertise from solar solution design firm Ciel et Terre, a floating solar PV platform was installed. Unfortunately, no one could foresee that the platform’s 800 Trina solar panels would become a favorite perching spot for large numbers of seagulls and ducks.
Mr. Bennett tried numerous methods to repel the birds, none of which was efficient or truly successful. Kites were destroyed by strong winds, and habituation became evident as the birds quickly became accustomed to sounds emitted by acoustic devices.
He went on a mission to find an easy, effective, long-term solution to repel birds from the farm’s solar platform. Mr. Bennett’s overall goal was to increase electricity production to power farm operations while also reducing the solar cell payback period by sending more energy to the grid. In addition to enhancing the efficiency of the solar panels, he sought to limit water contamination, trim platform maintenance costs, and prolong the useful life of the panels.