When a storm is heading your way, you want to make sure your home is safe and secure. You might be thinking about securing your doors and windows, or maybe getting plywood to cover the windows in case of heavy rain or flooding. What about your solar panels? Can they withstand a storm? What are some things you can do to ensure they stay intact during these powerful events? In this article, we’ll discuss whether solar panels can survive being hit by storms, as well as how you can prepare for any potential damage.
Can solar panels survive a storm?
The good news: solar panels can withstand heavy rain, hail, lightning strikes, snow and ice storms, even hurricane-force winds. In some areas prone to hurricanes, solar panels are built to withstand at least 160-mph winds. They also can survive high heat conditions and are built to withstand temperatures of up to 149 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have any doubts about whether or not your solar panels will still be functioning after a storm passes through your area – don’t worry! In most cases, they will continue to produce energy as long as there is sunlight available for them. If you believe your panels might have been damaged, our SolarRepair team can help!
How have solar panels held up in actual storms?
Fortunately, there is some data on how solar panels have held up in hurricanes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011, a team of researchers at the University of New Hampshire surveyed more than 1,000 homeowners within affected areas. The team found that while nearly all had sustained some damage from falling trees or branches, only six percent reported damage to their solar panels. At least one study has shown that the average lifespan of a solar panel is about 20 years.
How can I keep my solar panels safe during a storm?
If you have solar panels, there are a few things you can do to make sure they stay safe during storms.
- Make sure the panels are well-secured and won’t move around in strong winds. If necessary, use more than just one screw to keep them secured to your roof or fence post (if applicable).
- If you live in an area that’s prone to extreme weather events, installing plastic covers over your solar panels will help protect them from debris like leaves and twigs during a storm. This is especially important if you live in an area where hurricanes are common!
- Use a surge protector with all of your electronic devices so that they’re protected from electrical surges. Lightning strikes or voltage fluctuations caused by nearby strikes or power outages are common issues so be proactive.
How can I prevent damage to my solar panels?
Most solar panel damage comes from unexpected weather events, and there’s not much you can do about that. You can prepare for the worst by keeping your panels clean and clear of debris. If your panel is dirty or covered in dust, it will have a harder time collecting energy from the sun. Keeping bird droppings off your panels is another way to protect them from damage. Bird poop contains acids that can lead to corrosion. Clean your panels regularly to prevent dirt buildup, sticking leaves (which will block sunlight), and other types of debris that can keep them from operating efficiently.
Routine inspections and maintenance is a great way to protect your solar panel investment. Sometimes, damage can be completely invisible. If left untreated, it can lead to further damage when the next storm passes through. Scheduling regular maintenance helps prevent damage to your solar panels!
It can feel difficult to prepare for inclement weather. If you live in an area that gets hit by hurricanes and other storms, it’s important to know how to prepare for them. Solar panels are not indestructible, but it can give you peace of mind to know how resistant solar panels actually are. If you have any questions after a storm, our AAWR team is here to help you!
What about your solar panels? Can they withstand a storm? What are some things you can do to ensure they stay intact during these powerful events? In this article, we’ll discuss whether solar panels can survive being hit by storms, as well as how you can prepare for any potential damage.