Understanding Solar Power & Storms

With wet weather drenching the East Coast from time to time and snow season right around the corner, it’s important to understand how precipitation and nasty weather affects a solar panel system.

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1. Your solar system continues to generate energy. Even when the sun decides to take a nap behind the clouds, a home solar system still generates energy. Even during those heavy rain, snow, sleet, and hail storms, your panels will still produce energy (usually about 20 to 30 % less than they would had it been a beautiful day). A PV system will not generate energy if it is covered by snow, but snow melts quickly off of panels. Plus, a grid-tied system ensures that your family won’t be left powerless, as you are still connected to the electricity grid.

2. Your solar power shuts down if your area experiences a power outage. Just like normal electricity, if the grid goes out, so will your solar. This prevents bursts of power from surging your system, which could be a safety hazard. You can also consider setting up a generator. Other options may be available if you are looking for an off-the-grid system. You could also add a battery backup to your home solar system to allow power during outages.

3. Solar systems are durable. Most solar panel systems are designed to withstand strong winds, heavy rains, and even lightning strikes. Plus, TerraSol Energies will provide professional services and quality installations to our customers ensuring they will be satisfied with their investment for the next 25 years.