How durable are solar panels? (Hail, ice, etc)
If I'm going to spend the cash on a solar panel system, I really need to ask about their durability and "resistance" to damage...
I only ask this because I live in an area where hail has happened in the past. It doesn't happen often, but it is a possibility. Can hail damage solar panels?
Also, how are the panels against a wet snow load of say 8"? It can snow really hard overnight around here. What sort of weight can a panel handle?
And finally, sleet and freezing rain... same questions.
Do you keep the panels uncovered all the time, or is there some sort of protective cover you have to put on them in case of Mother Nature's wrath?
Thanks for your help.
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