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How-To Respond to Solar Panel Damage

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Protect your solar panels from damage

A lot of work goes into improving the durability of solar panels with the goal of reducing the amount of panel damage that occurs during storms and extreme weather. Some of the work and testing includes

  • Exposing panels to mechanical stress, extreme temperatures, humidity, and radiation and identifying areas of weakness
  • Aiming ping-pong-ball-sized ice and firing it at 70 miles an hour at a single module to determine the most effective methods of manufacture
  • Ongoing research into improving each element of the panels
  • Seeking funding to continue research

Researchers and manufacturers alike are interested in providing top-quality results for consumers who hope to lower their dependence on other energy systems.

Common Sources of Trouble

If you have solar panels installed on your roof, there are several things you can do to protect them from damage. One of the first steps is identifying the most common types of damage, such as falling debris, hailstorms, water damage, loose wiring, heat fade, dirty panels, and a lack of maintenance. Responding to these sources of panel damage may also help you prevent a lot of roof damage. On the other hand, neglecting the panels could lead to extensive damages that require the assistance of home repair and reconstruction professionals.

Responding to Problems

Of course, you can cut back overhanging trees, protect the panels from scratches, regularly clean the panels, and inspect them for damage. Another way to prevent extensive harm is to purchase several smaller panels that can be replaced individually, rather than installing one or two large panels. Routine maintenance should include resealing panels and keeping a record of your system's performance.
Some issues should not be approached by anyone other than a professional. For example, if there are electrical problems, it's best to work with a qualified electrician. Some complicated damages, such as problems with the inverter, should be turned over to a solar contractor or technician.

Research Solar Energy Systems

Panel damage reduces the efficiency of your solar energy system. The more you know about common causes of trouble and how to respond, the better you'll be at handling problems at your Las Vegas, NV, home.

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