Effects of weather on solar panels

The installation of solar panels in a home requires a considerable amount of investment. This is why many people who purchase these valuable solar panels are concerned about the effects that the weather would pose on them and how they can be harmed this way. Logically, solar panels are always exposed to the most unexpected weather changes due to their open and external placement. This means that they receive more than just sunlight and more than just beneficial energy. It is a fact however that though these solar panels may seem fragile because of their appearance, they have the capacity to withstand some of the most extreme weather changes without having any significant damaged induced upon them.

Harsh and dry weather exposure:

Perhaps the most common effect of extreme and unpredictable weather on these solar panels is in their capacity to receive energy from the sun. This capacity is significantly reduced if the panel suffers damage owing to harsh weather. However, this does not mean that the solar panels cannot function anymore and must be discarded. Even with a compromised capacity to absorb the rays of the sun, these panels can still generate electricity with the amount of light that they manage to receive despite the damage. This occurs mostly in cloudy areas, or in areas that are located close to deserts. In these cases, either the dust or the clouds can obscure the sunlight thus reducing the amount of energy that reached the panels. This in turn has a negative impact on its total potential to generate power, which can become compromised.

Hailstorms and thunderstorms:

Extreme weather conditions such as hailstorms and thunderstorms also pose significant threat to the optimal functionality of a solar panel. The photovoltaic panels can sustain damage even though they are manufactured in a way that they have the capacity to withstand extreme temperatures, winds of high velocity and even lightening. If a sheet of snow covers the solar panel, it may not receive any light from the sun at all and thus may not be able to generate any electricity. In this case manual or conventional power is required till the optimal functionality of the panel is restored or the weather subsides. Solar panels are always installed in the presence of professionals who consider all possibilities of extreme weather conditions and ensure complete protection, but in certain cases the weather may become more extreme than predicted for a particular area, which is potentially harmful for the panels.

Cumulus cloud effect:

Although most people feel that cloud cover will not allow tha panels to absorb light, this is not the case. Cumulus clouds, which are white, fluffy clouds actually magnify the sun’s rays and the panels absorb them even better. This is known as a “the edge of cloud effect”. This effect is transient and only exists when there is fair weather.

Durability of the panels:

Solar panels are built to withstand most severe weather conditions. Just like any part of your home can get damaged when the weather gets too severe, the panels can also get damaged if the weather turns too severe. Professional installation is ideal as professionals know how to install your panels in the most ideal way that can keep them safe from even the most severe weather conditions.