Are Solar Panels Affected by the Weather?

Submitted by Sunrise Solar on Thu, 09/20/2018 - 9:00am

When it comes to solar panels, one major concern everyone has from homeowners to business owners is “how will my panels hold up in the weather?”

Depending on where you reside it may not be uncommon to get strong rains, heavy snowstorms, hail, or even more severe weather events. 

There are several misconceptions regarding solar panels and how they may not hold up, or perform as required, during weather events. So let’s dispel the rumors once and for all. 

A top misconception is that solar panels do not perform well when they are cold, or in cold-weather climates. Solar panels do not extract energy from heat, they extract and produce energy from light. As long as the sun is shining, and your solar panels are in the sun’s path, they will generate energy. 

And along this same line, the best solar panels available today on the market are designed to handle extreme weather events and extreme variations in temperature.

SunPower panels, of which Sunrise Solar is a certified installer, are put through rigorous tests to ensure their panels can withstand whatever extreme weather comes their way. 

Another common misconception regarding solar panels is that they are fragile and are prone to damage from hail or even wind. High-quality solar panels are actually designed to handle high winds and hail, similar to other components of your home or facility.

When it comes to the durability of your panels, look for their Underwriter’s Laboratories, or UL, certification, which indicates the panels have undergone minimum durability testing. But since this certification only indicates minimum testing, it’s important to ask additional questions of your solar panel manufacturer. Inquire about specific testing performed on panels and any weather events you may be concerned about. 

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