When you consider that many crises during severe weather events (like hurricanes) revolve around loss of power, the durability and accessibility of solar energy can be critical for every homeowner.
Solar panels on your home could mean the difference that keeps you going like normal even when the world’s turned upside down during severe weather occurrences.
Solar energy is a practical home upgrade that can save you thousands of dollars. But it’s still an investment. And large home investments should be durable and long-lasting.
In some states, concerns about hurricanes, high winds, and heavy hail storms haunt homeowners. So why do these states have some of the best solar capacity and installation?
Simply because solar panels are incredibly durable when it comes to hurricanes. You have very little to worry about–solar panels will stand up to the bad weather.
We’ve seen Hurricane Irma, Superstorm Sandy, and many other storms do some damage to homes. However, when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, a state with one of the highest solar capacities in the U.S., researchers and analysts found little to no damage to the 103-MW of PV solar panels they had installed before the storm.
In fact, the damage from the hurricane amounted to a couple panels coming loose and some damage to metal casings. Very minimal.
Consider Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria and the devastation it brought; you’d think much more damage would occur to solar arrays. However, San Juan’s VA Hospital had a 645-kW solar panel system (installed 2015) that went unaffected by the 180 mph winds. The solar array continued to operate at full capacity after the storm.
Part of what made the hospital’s solar panel system so durable was the anchoring and racking devices which kept the panels flexible enough to work with the stress of the weather rather than against it.
What about hailstorms?
Golden, Colorado endured a severe hailstorm in 2017. This hailstorm broke car windows, dented vehicles, and messed up roofs—not a small storm.
After the hailstorm, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analyzed the damage. Their solar panels (around 2.5 megawatts PV power) are on or adjacent to the roof of the research facility. So, the panels had plenty of exposure to the storm. Out of the 3,000 solar panels in the NREL array, only a single panel was broken.
Only one panel was damaged. It appeared that this single solar panel was struck in a concentrated spot with several hailstones until the surface glass was cracked.
While hail is a force of nature to be reckoned with, hailstorms don’t really seem to have much on solar panels. In fact, they may even protect your roof from the damage it would have taken without the solar panels to cover them.
Research is constantly improving solar panels. They are built to endure and operate through some of the worst storms—storms that could completely wipe out power otherwise. Solar energy may be one of the simplest answers for you to protect yourself and property through hail and hurricanes.
Bolstering your home with solar panels means more control over your home and your energy even during some of the worst hailstorms and hurricanes.
Find the right solar professional for your home or business today. Home Professionals’ quote-finder will help you compare offers from the best solar experts in your area, so you can get the best solar energy system for you.
Protect yourself with your own reliable, durable, solar energy system. Don’t wait for the next hailstorm or hurricane to prepare yourself. Take advantage of your free quotes today.