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Will My Solar Panels Stand up to Hail?

 

The summer is the best time for producing solar for your home or business but those hot summer days also mean hail storms. Many people considering solar often wonder if their investment will go down the tubes the first time a hail storm rolls in.  Not to worry, a solar module or panel that is installed properly and tilted to face South should never break from hail.

Up until recently we would tell people we’ve never seen or heard of a solar module (panel) being damaged from hail . That includes many hail storms over 17 years, many of them producing  golf ball sized hail or larger. In fact, we sometimes need to remove (and later re-install) an intact solar system so roofers can re-shingle a roof that was destroyed by hail! That being said, in recent times we have learned of one solar array that was damaged when a hail storm producing tennis ball sized hail hit Cardston, Alberta.

This particular system was damaged under unusual circumstances. The solar panels in this case were mounted flat by the homeowner and not tilted south. Had they been tilted south, they likely would have survived indirect strikes of hail from the north west. This was not a typical storm either, virtually everything in Cardston was damaged or destroyed by hail, including a report that half the vehicles at the dealership in town were damaged so badly that they had to be completely written off! 

So, should you still put solar on your roof despite the risk of hail? YES, of course! Solar module’s (panels) tempered glass is typically rated for 1? hail at 55 mph. 

An important key to saving your solar investment is to have your array installed by professionals and just to make sure, add the solar system to your insurance policy.  In some cases there is no additional fee for adding solar to your insurance while others may add a premium for the increased value of the home. Every policy is different so please speak to your insurance provider. We would be happy to help with any technical questions they may have.

 

 

SkyFire Energy would be happy to help you make your solar dream come true. Contact us by calling 1-87-SKYFIRE-1 or by filling out our online contact form here for a free consultation.

 

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