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Offline kfitch42

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Testing solar panels for hail impact
« on: June 03, 2016, 01:33:26 am »
I just ran across this video and thought it might shed a tiny bit more light on the broken solar panel saga.

https://youtu.be/QMR_GpsrIzM
 

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Re: Testing solar panels for hail impact
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2016, 01:55:48 am »
Of course, hail isn't going to damage panels, they are specifically tested and rated not to be damaged by hail.
 

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Re: Testing solar panels for hail impact
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2016, 02:14:01 am »
Of course, hail isn't going to damage panels, they are specifically tested and rated not to be damaged by hail.
Car windows are tested against hail, and yet hail breaks enormous numbers of windscreens each year.
 

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Re: Testing solar panels for hail impact
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2016, 12:33:44 pm »
 Let me tell you about that.... a couple of years ago we had a massive hail storm. I was actually driving in it, but on the fringes so I only hit rain - but it was raining so hard I couldn't see past the hood of my car, everyone pulled over, it was effectively zero visibility. It was quick though, as most really massive storms like that are, and I was able to continue on my way home. As I got closer to home, I started seeing cars with busted windows, and the ground looked like it has snowed in some places. Car after car with busted windows driving down the road. I began to fear for my other car, parked outside because this was before I bought my house with a garage, but luckily it had taken no damage. Most of my coworkers who were in the office that day weren't so lucky. Several of them saw this hail coming down and initially were laughing as they watched it bounce off cars out in the parking lot - until they realized THEIR cars were also out there. Three of them had their windows busted - side and back, not the windshield, as well as dents in the sheet metal that looked like someone went around smashing them with a hammer. One guy only had his car, a nice Audi, for 2 months, and because of the window being smashed and subsequent water damage all over the interior, it was declared a total loss. Insurance companies set up tents in various shopping centers to handle the volume of claims. No rental cars were to be found in more than a 100 mile radius. It took up to a year for some people to get their claim paid, and even this spring, 2+ years later, there were some people finally getting the roof on their houses fixed from storm damage. I don't know anyone around here with any solar panels on their roof to see if they took any damage, but with the general destruction from this storm I can't imagine it wouldn't also damage solar panels.

 


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