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What About Hail?

Solar panels are a fantastic investment for homeowners who want to save money on their energy bills while reducing their carbon footprint. However, like any investment, solar panels can be susceptible to damage from the elements. One of the most common questions we get about solar panels is: What about hail? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how hail can impact solar panels and what you can do to protect your investment.

How Hail Can Damage Solar Panels

Hail is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, especially during the spring and summer months. When hail hits a solar panel, it can cause several types of damage:

  1. Cracks and Breaks: Hailstones can create cracks and breaks in the tempered glass covering the solar panel. These cracks can reduce the efficiency of the solar panel and lead to the need for costly repairs.

  2. Shading: Hailstones can knock dirt and debris onto the surface of the solar panel, which can cause shading. This shading reduces the efficiency of the solar panel and can lead to reduced energy production.

  3. Electrical Damage: Hailstones can cause electrical damage to the solar panel, which can result in decreased energy production and potential safety hazards.

How to Protect Your Solar Panels from Hail Damage

While hail damage to solar panels is a concern, there are steps you can take to protect your investment:

  1. Install Solar Panels with Tempered Glass: Solar panels with tempered glass are more durable and resistant to hail damage than those with standard glass.

  2. Choose a Durable Frame: The frame of the solar panel should be sturdy and able to withstand the impact of hailstones.

  3. Install an Anti-Hail Net: An anti-hail net can be installed over the solar panels to protect them from hail damage. This netting is made from a durable material that can withstand the impact of hailstones.

  4. Keep Panels Clean: Regular cleaning of solar panels can help prevent shading and maintain their efficiency. It’s important to use a soft-bristled brush or a pressure washer on a low setting to avoid causing damage to the panels.

  5. Check for Damage: After a hailstorm, it’s important to check your solar panels for any signs of damage. If you notice any cracks or breaks, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and reduced energy production.

In conclusion, while hail damage to solar panels is a concern, there are steps you can take to protect your investment. Installing solar panels with tempered glass, choosing a durable frame, installing an anti-hail net, keeping panels clean, and checking for damage after a hailstorm can all help to prevent damage to your solar panels and keep your system running efficiently. If you have any concerns about the impact of hail on your solar panels, be sure to consult with a professional installer or contractor.



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