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How Durable Are Your Solar Panels?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Solar panels in a West Jordan, UT home

What Are Solar Panels Capable of?

Are you considering installing solar panels to your home in West Jordan, UT, but you're worried about panel damage? Well, it turns out that they are probably stronger than you think- they were built to be outside, after all. So what are they capable of exactly?

Physical Stress

If it's something that can potentially cause roof damage, your solar panels might also be at risk. If you do experience a heavy storm or weather event, have your panels and roof checked out by a professional storm damage company who can make repairs if necessary. However, it probably won't be necessary, because panels are tested to withstand hail stones at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. They have been also tested for such things as:

  • hail of all sizes
  • falling debris, like tree limbs
  • being walked on

Extreme Weather

You won't see any panel damage as a result of very high or very low temperatures. They can also take high humidity and rain storms. If the climate is really dry, even better. No matter where you're located, your panels will probably thrive. Organizations such as the Photovoltaic Quality Assurance Task Force exist to raise industry standards for harsh environmental conditions. All you will need to worry about is keeping them clean.

Electrical Components

In addition to all the external influences, developers have also had to account for internal stressors. Solar panels can now operate in high-voltage systems and can bear the load. They also don't mind solar ultraviolet radiation. This is due in part to the durable models consortium working to commercialize high performance PV packaging materials. This means that your panels can power just about anything.

As time marches on, panel damage becomes less and less of a risk. Researchers and developers worldwide are putting their heads together to make solar panels more durable and more affordable for the average homeowner. They might even outlast your roof!

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