While most people are aware that today's solar panels are made to withstand typical weather issues and patterns, some may have questions about particularly severe weather issues when they crop up. One great example here is hail - will your solar panels be protected if a hailstorm hits your home or building?
At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we're happy to offer a wide range of commercial and residential solar power services to clients around SLC, Utah and Boise, Idaho, including expertise in areas like these. While hailstorms aren't exactly common events in either of these locations, they do happen a few times per year, and sometimes during summer rainstorms. Let's look at some of the factors that will determine whether hail may damage your solar panels, plus how to reduce any such minor risks even if they are present.
Firstly, it should be noted that all solar panels are subjected to rigorous testing - by the manufacturers, and then again upon delivery - to make sure that they can withstand certain forces. This includes testing for impact from hail, so it's very likely that your panel will at least be able to handle some hailstones of a particular size.
However, these tests do have limits that will vary depending on manufacturer. Most hail-related tests are for hailstones ranging from 1-2 inches in diameter, and with speeds of up to 50mph. Anything beyond these specifications could result in damage, although this will depend on some other factors as well.
In cases where hail is either larger or more powerful than the rated capacity of the solar panels to withstand them, a few forms of damage may be possible:
Fortunately, there are ways that you can reduce the likelihood of hail damage happening to your own solar panel system. Here are some considerations:
Overall, it's important to know that the majority of solar panels are made to withstand typical hailstorms, and your system should be safe from any minor damage due to these occurrences. However, there is still some risk involved, and by following the tips mentioned above you can help to reduce the chance of any serious damage occurring.
At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we specialize in assessing and installing solar panel systems for all types of buildings - hail risk included. Contact us today to discuss any questions or concerns you have about hail and solar services in Utah or Idaho, and let us help you find the best solutions for your home or business.
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