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Are Solar Panels Hail Proof?

26 Jan 2017

Posted in Commercial, General, Residential by Alba Energy

Another common question that we receive about going solar is, “Are solar panels hail proof?”

The truth is, solar panels undergo various hail tests from their manufacturers, and industry experts agree that most solar panels can withstand golf ball sized hail. The top layer of a solar panel is covered in tempered glass, and believe it or not it’s surprisingly strong.

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But to give you some peace of mind, we’ve compiled videos and documented testing of the strength and resiliency of solar panels against actual hail, along with plastic hail balls, metal balls, baseballs, and weight from people and vehicles.

Here’s How STRONG Solar Panels REALLY ARE

Solar Panel Strength Against Hail, People, and Cars

Tossing Around A QCells Solar Panel

Homeowner Documents Solar Panels In Hail Storm

Tests With Ice Balls, Plastic Balls, and Metal Balls

As you can see from the videos above, solar panels can withstand a solid assault from hail, along with obstacles from neighborhood kids, and the weight from vehicles! In the last video we see damage occurs when using simulated versions of hail made from plastic and metal balls, but the answer to the question is yes, solar panels can very likely withstand golf ball sized hail.

Worst Case? Hail Damage Is An Insurance Claim

The other good news is that a new solar panel installation is probably insured from hail damage under your existing home owner’s insurance policy (just like your shingle roof). We recommend that you speak with your insurer and let them know that you’re considering going solar. Ask them if the solar panels would be insured from damage, and/or acts of God & nature. Because of the way solar panels are installed INTO the roof, therefore becoming PART OF the roof itself, you should be covered.

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Recommended Reading: How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

Save Money With Solar Panels In Texas!

Alba Energy is proud to be one of the leading solar installers in Texas, with offices from McAllen up to Austin and San Antonio.

Thanks to our size and the thousands of solar panels we’ve installed across the state, Alba Energy can allow you to power your home with solar for as little as $80 dollars per month! Your energy savings from solar can fund your monthly finance payment!
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