Solar panels harness the sun’s energy and provide clean energy for your home or business without fossil fuel combustion. Over the last decade, solar panels have become one of the most reliable and sustainable ways to power homes and buildings of all sizes.
To many people, solar panels seem fragile and could shatter under the slightest amount of pressure. The reality is that the superior design of solar panels makes them highly durable.
The Design of Solar Panels
Solar cells are made of crystalline cells and at only a few millimeters thick, they are very fragile. Solar panels are made up of several solar cells with a frame around the edge to protect the cells. If the cells were left exposed, they would crack too easily, so instead, most of the high-quality solar PV panels come equipped with protective laminate, acrylic, or glass casing.
The Durability of Solar Panels
Lack of moving parts is one reason why solar panels are very durable. Carefully designed for exterior use, solar panels can withstand wide ranges of temperatures, weather conditions, and outside factors. They are rigorously tested to stay strong against tree limbs, storms, and very furious wind.
Solar panels come equipped with special controls that keep them operating at even odd temperatures.
Possible issues with Solar Panels
Like virtually every other thing we utilize, there are some potential issues with solar panels.
Panel placement and location can affect durability and even efficiency. Solar panels should be kept away from areas that are prone to damage, such as from falling rocks or trees. If you are using stand-alone system instead of a roof setup, you should also consider the damage that can be caused by animals and people, especially if the panels are close to the ground. Panels that are subject to curious animals or errant baseballs could experience compromised longevity.
Solar panels are not impenetrable. If an object can break your roof, it can more than likely break your solar panels. With proper maintenance, the actual panels themselves typically will last over 25 years.
Some of the most basic steps include rinsing bird droppings and dust off the panels, but it’s important to only have experienced professionals work on your solar panels or roof, as an inexperienced person could accidentally cause damage.
In a rare and unlikely situation where something goes wrong with your solar panels or broken, it is imperative to contact your solar panel installation company as they are more experienced in what to do and how best to fix it. However, depending on the crack or breakage, the solar panel system could remain fully functional even though some of these accidents.
The design of photovoltaic cells has remained impressively durable and resilient, well-equipped for stationing on your roof or property against the elements.
While you must note that your solar panel is no indestructible, bear in mind that they are durable and will stand the test of time if properly cared for.