How Do Solar Panels Hold Up in a Hurricane?

Hurricanes and Solar

Is worry about the durability of solar panels during extreme weather kept you from investing in a solar energy system? We’re here to tell you that you have a lot less to worry about than you think.

Solar panels undergo plenty of testing as they are designed and developed and, after the past few years, we have had the opportunity to gather data about the ability of solar panels to withstand hurricanes.

Do You Have a Right to Sunlight?

Neighbors and Solar

Imagine you spend about $10,000 for a 3-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the size needed for an average family – and your neighbor to the east adds a second story to his garage.

The addition is designed for offspring who will perhaps never leave home, but it shades your new solar panels. It’s not too bad in summer, but in winter it blocks all but an hour of late morning sun. You would have been better off taking that two-week vacation in Jamaica or Cabo San Lucas.

PG&E Launches Renewable Energy Self-Generation Incentive Program

Solar Neighborhood

Early in May, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, or PG&E, announced that it would devote $240 million to helping customers buy into renewable energy technologies, renewable energy storage, and peripheral technologies.

The program was developed by the state legislature and the state’s utility watchdog, and will be administered by California’s energy companies – a move that would be similar to setting a fox to watch a henhouse were it not for the watchdog California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).