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Rooftop Solar Panels and Storms

solar hurricaneEvery geographic area has its own weather emergencies and hazards. But when you live in the land of sunshine and want to harness some of that power in order to run your home or business, you shouldn’t have to worry about how bad weather could affect your setup. Should you?

If you’re thinking of going solar, or have already, getting through the recent onset of tropical storms probably has you wondering how rooftop solar photovoltaic panels will stand up to high winds and hurricane conditions. You can rest assured that solar panels are built surprisingly strong. And with proper installation, you really should have nothing to worry about.

In areas that are prone to strong winds and inclement weather, insurance companies and building codes may require that extra hurricane proofing be performed on new solar installations. Wind load requirements vary from state to state. It’s up to installers to be familiar with these metrics and to translate them into a safe, proper and sturdy installation. They know exactly what materials are needed to mount an all-inclusive system and do certain things like spacing the panels in such a way to reduce stress when the wind velocity spikes.

In areas where winds are common, codes typically dictate that panels be able to resist the pressure of winds traveling at 150 miles per hour. This means that the panels won’t budge under severe winds. But staying put will not guard your panels from other objects which become airborne during a storm; the biggest culprit may be tree limbs. Rest assured however, that since your panels were installed for sun (not shade) chances are there are minimal trees in the direct vicinity of the panels, reducing the risk.

In addition to withstanding a high wind load, solar panels in Hawaii are also designed to withstand impact. This means that if debris does wind up landing on your roof, your panels will most likely take the blow unaffected. Experts recommend that owners inspect their panels after storms and remove anything that may have landed on the solar panels and is blocking out the sun.

Manufacturers are consistently testing and improving solar panel systems in consideration of factors like bad weather. Their results and reports are available to the general public as well as to the vendors who sell and install the products. If you are considering a rooftop solar panel system for your home, or are concerned about your current system and its longevity, talk to a licensed solar photovoltaic panel installer to learn more about the types of products available to you and warranties that they carry. Work together to ensure that your questions are answered and the correct precautions are taken for your peace of mind.