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How do Solar Panels Hold Up in Extreme Conditions?

August 5, 2020

In New England, we face all different kinds of extreme weather. Hurricanes, snow storms, and Nor’easters can all inflict significant  damage on homes and property throughout the region, and homeowners go to extreme lengths to take the necessary precautions. For those homeowners who have invested in solar panels, extreme weather conditions pose a unique question; how do solar panels hold up in extreme weather? 

This blog will take a closer look at how high-quality solar panels, like ours at SunPower by BlueSel, can withstand difficult weather conditions. 

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Solar Panels vs. High Winds 

Strong winds can do serious damage to houses, towns, and communities. If you don’t believe us, take a moment to read about the damage that Hurricane Doriane inflicted on The Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian devastated communities and claimed lives, but perhaps more lives will be spared due to the changes that were inspired by the horrific storm. To protect themselves from future disaster, the islands of The Bahamas are transitioning to solar power. 

The Bahamas making that transition is a testament to exactly how strong solar panels can be in the face of extreme weather. For an island that so frequently faces damaging winds, the decision was an obvious one considering that solar power systems “are designed to withstand uplift forces by fastening panels to the roof beams with large lag bolts. As long as the roof itself was properly built and maintained, there is little chance of solar panels tearing the roof off your house due to uplift or other wind forces.”

A tree getting blown around in the wind

Solar Panels vs. Extreme Cold 

Solar power and cold weather don’t sound like a good pair. Oftentimes people will make the assumption that solar panels can’t operate at a high level in the winter or in cold, frigid climates. In reality, the opposite is true. Solar panels will be converting sunlight into energy as long as sunlight is hitting the panel. The temperature of the air actually has very little impact on the process. In fact, solar panels can be even more efficient in the winter time. An article by TheSolarNerd explains that, “When the temperature drops, your panels gain efficiency. That means if you live in a place where you get a lot of sunny winter days, you might generate a lot of solar electricity.”

A cold lake

Solar Panels vs. Extreme Heat

Common sense tells you that the more sun the better when it comes to solar panels. In some regards that statement is accurate, but it’s not always that simple. While solar panels generally produce more energy in the summertime, the efficiency of the conversion of sunlight into energy can suffer due to extreme height. Luckily, there are ways homeowners can combat this issue.

At SunPower by BlueSel, we take all the necessary steps to ensure your system won’t drop in efficiency during the hottest months of the year. Some of the ways we accomplish this include installing panels a few inches above the roof so convective air flow can cool the panels, and ensuring that panels are built with heat-dettering materials to reduce heat absorption.

Sun shining on a city

Almost every geographically region in the world faces its own extreme weather. Homeowners in New England just happen to be lucky enough to face all different types of extreme weather throughout the year. Ensure you and your home are prepared for this extreme weather by going solar with BlueSel