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Severe Weather Always Presents a Threat

Wherever you live, severe weather always presents a threat to valuable assets such as homes, cars, and personal property. Whether it be ravenous thunderstorms, damaging hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other, homeowners are often left wondering, what will happen to their investment.

For newbie solar homeowners, this can often be of particular concern. Many new solar homeowners ask us the question, “what will happen to my solar panels in severe weather conditions?” So, to ease their minds, we wanted to shed some light on how solar panels are affected in severe weather.

Solar Panels have been tested for Severe Weather

To start, we want you to rest assured that your solar panels have been tested for brutal weather conditions during their production. Damage inflicted on a solar panel during extreme weather is, infact, very rare. Solar systems are designed to withstand the forces of the Earth, forces such as hail, wind, hurricanes, ice, tornadoes, heavy rain, and more.

Out of all of the severe weather damage fears, many homeowners have a particular fear of hail. Hail is a damaging natural force, but it should not affect your solar panel system to the extremes. Although the glass on a solar panel may appear thin, most manufacturers ensure that each solar panel is able to endure plummeting hail with 1 inch diameter falling at about 50 MPH.

To give you a comparison, the average hail storm drops hail at ¼-½ inch thick at about 20 MPH. In other words, it’s safe to say that your solar panels can handle whatever severe weather that mother nature decides to throw at them.

If your panels cannot withstand the weather, it is likely due to a manufacturing default, and if that’s the case, our Solar Sam customers never have to worry. Why? Because each of our solar systems are backed by a 25 year warranty. In other words, when your system is installed by Solar Sam, you don’t have to lose sleep over a storm again (unless it’s a loud one, of course).

Add Solar Panels to your Home’s Insurance Policy

If you do, however, experience damage to your system, you will want to make sure that your homeowner’s policy is up to date. You will need to keep it up to date because of the new added value that a solar system provides to your home. That way, if your system is damaged, it should be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. If your solar system is damaged, make sure that you work closely with your solar provider (such as Solar Sam) and your insurance company to make sure that your panels stay under warranty.

Solar Sam Offers Affordable Financing Plans

Although solar panels may endure the storm, they may not always work after the storm. If your panels are tied to the grid and there is a power outage, your panels will also shut off even if they have not been damaged. Because of this, we get a lot of customers that ask, “how can I go off the grid with solar?” The answer to that would be, batteries. Solar power batteries allow you to access power, even when the grid is down. While your panels are working their way back up, your battery allows you to use the saved up energy to power your home in the meantime. Solar batteries are also seen as an investment by most homeowners, and that’s why Solar Sam offers an affordable financing plan to those who are interested in staying protected when the grid goes down.

As with any severe storm, it’s important to be prepared. To ensure your system stays safe amidst the uncertainty, make sure that you are in the hands of a good Solar energy provider. A good solar energy provider will make sure that your investment is backed and safe, and they will provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need along your journey. Solar Sam is a trusted Solar Energy provider for the State of Missouri and beyond, and we love helping customers through their path to solar freedom.

See for yourself why so many others have chosen Solar Sam to power them through the storm.

Contact us for a free site analysis and quote today!