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Can Solar Panels Withstand Hurricanes and Hail?

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If you’re looking to go solar and live in an area that has frequent hail storms or hurricanes, one question you might ask is: can solar panels withstand extreme weather? The answer is YES!

Since solar panels are installed on your roof, they may experience heavy rainstorms, high winds, hail and more. But lucky for you, the solar panels that Sunpro installs are created to withstand these harsh weather situations.

Solar Panels and Hail

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory analyzed 50,000 solar systems installed between 2009 and 2012 and found that the probability of damage from hail was below 0.05%. This is because high quality solar panel manufacturers, like LG, test their products to ensure that they are capable of withstanding extreme weather cases, like hail storms and hurricanes. Therefore, solar panels are well-equipped to combat impacts from the largest hailstones.

In Texas especially, big winter storms are often accompanied by hail and the damage that comes with it. Homeowners can feel rest assured that your typical hailstorm is no match for your solar panels.

We know what you’re thinking, “But aren’t solar panels made of glass?” They are, but it’s very thick, high-quality tempered glass. And they typically take on hail better than your roof would. Another thing to consider: as the cost of solar panels continues to decline, they’re often cheaper to replace after damage than replacing your roof. Hello, first line of defense to hail storms!

Solar Panels and Hurricanes

If you live on the Gulf Coast, you might be used to hurricanes and the damage they can cause. Still, you might wonder if your solar panels can withstand the damage from a hurricane. Fortunately, solar panels are typically tested to ensure they can and will withstand a hurricane too. Most solar panels are made to survive winds up to 2,400 pascals, which equals 140 miles per hour. In a Category 4 hurricane, the typical wind speed is 130 miles per hour. During a large storm, your solar panels can be the least of your worries.

When Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana’s coast during the 2021 hurricane season, “Rooftop Solar Systems Fared Better Than Big Energy Companies in Surviving Hurricane Ida.” The energy companies of the Greater New Orleans region experienced a destruction of their infrastructure that couldn’t be repaired in some areas for weeks. Hundreds of thousands were left without power. But for the 19,000 Louisianians with solar panels, they made out much better. Solar panels stood up to the storm. Not only that, but homeowners with solar panels were less likely to need roof replacements, as their roofs were more protected by their solar panels.

Do solar panels work during hurricanes?

Your solar panels could work even during a hurricane. As long as rays are reaching them, even indirect sunlight, solar panels can still absorb and convert sun rays into solar energy. This also applies in cloudy weather and light rain, when a hurricane isn’t it’s strongest. However, if your area’s grid power lines are affected during the storm and you lose electricity, you may not have access to your solar energy. For the safety of electricians working to get the grid back up and running, solar panels are powered down during a power outage. But, if you have accompanying solar batteries with your system- you’re in luck!

Solar Batteries and Hurricanes

Solar batteries can store the electricity your panels produce and allow you to use it during and after a storm when the power remains out. Use the sun to power your conveniences and necessities, such as lights, window air conditioning units, appliances, medical equipment and charge devices in the aftermath of storms. When the lights go out, your solar battery will keep you up and running. Solar batteries, such as the Enphase Encharge or Tesla Powerwall, are the best way to protect your home from a power outage during natural disasters. They are a much better alternative to the fossil-fuel guzzling generator, especially during times when gas might be scarce.

Why Sunpro Solar Panels are Worth It

At Sunpro Solar, we ensure that our manufacturers produce and test their solar panels up to the highest standards. We stand by our manufacturers and our product warranties. As a result, we are sure that you will be 100% satisfied with your solar panels!

We offer easy ways for you to switch to solar, so you can enjoy clean, renewable energy without any stress during hurricanes and hail storms. If you’d like to learn more, or would like to schedule your free consultation, simply reach out to us today!

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