Life along the shadows of the Front Range or across Central Texas comes with a plethora of weather considerations, all year round. Colorado and Texas residents are no strangers to the 10 to 15 days of hail per year and the kind of damage it can inflict on vehicles and houses.
Solar Panels Are Built to Last
Today’s solar panels are put through rigorous testing. According to Energyinformative.org, solar panels are tested by an extensive hail simulation: “Hail is simulated with a one inch steel ball at terminal velocity that strikes the solar panels at an angle of 90 degrees.” The short story here, is that solar panels are not likely to incur damage, even here in what’s considered the second “Hail Alley.”
In addition, most solar panels on the market come in a protective housing. This housing acts as a weather barrier that protects moisture, dust, and projectiles from damaging a solar cell. The solar panel housing also has a gap between an acrylic sheet of plastic or tempered glass and the silicon solar panel so a large strike will not break the system. The solar cells we use are hail impact tested as part of the certification process.
Colorado is proven to be the perfect testing ground for just how durable solar panels are during a hail storm. Golden, CO is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has reported that less than .01% of their 3,000+ solar panels were damaged during a particularly heavy hail storm in May 2017. This of course doesn’t mean solar panels are entirely “hail-proof.” The more rare, larger hail (think golf ball to grapefruit size) can still cause some damage to solar panels just as it would most structures. But in the event that your solar panels are damaged, they will most likely need only repairs rather than replacement.
Solar Panel Warranties: Am I Covered in a Hail Storm?
Your solar panels will come with a manufacturer warranty, and a good warranty for solar panels is 20 to 25 years. But what does that cover? Solar panel warranties usually touch on two aspects of your solar electric system: the performance and efficiency, and the equipment.
Depending on the manufacturer, a new solar electric system is guaranteed to last 15 to 25 years at over 80% efficiency. But hail damage isn’t always covered by the manufacturer warranty, so reading the fine print will help determine if you should have your solar panels covered by your homeowners insurance. This will offer a more localized approach to making sure you are protected from costly damages in the event of a devastating hail storm.
Need Replacement Solar Panels?
If your solar panel housing is broken, our team at CAM Solar can map out the options to how you can either replace or repair your solar system. With severe storms frequenting across Central Texas and Colorado, we are here to consult our customers on how to protect their home and choose the solar system that's right for them.
CAM Solar: “All Hail” the Solar Experts!
All puns aside, going with a local solar contractor is pivotal when you are looking to get the most out of your new solar installation. At CAM Solar, we pride ourselves in knowing the challenges our neighbors face when it comes to harnessing the renewable energy the sun provides all year here in Colorado and Texas. Whether it is snow, rain, or hail you are concerned about, or taking advantage of Federal and state tax benefits and incentives and dealing with the proper permits, CAM Solar has the local experience and know-how to design and install the perfect custom solar system for decades of electricity savings and energy conservation.