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What Happens To Solar Panels In A Hurricane?

Solar is Built Strong​

Solar panels are like any other product. The good ones are built to last, while the cheap ones can be pretty flimsy. The above image comes from a promotional video for SolarWorld’s excellent panels, which undergo extensive testing. The video shows the panels withstanding hail at 262 mph, and even a truck parking on top of them.

If a weaker solar panel is battered around by wind-blown debris in a hurricane, you might see some damage, and it might not be pretty…

But you’re more likely to find that your panels survive impacts just fine, as was the case when solar panels at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s testing facility were subjected to a wild hail storm. Of the more than 3,000 panels located at the facility, only one was damaged.

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