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Reliable are Photovoltaic Solar Systems?
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How reliable are solar panels?
Solar panels are
They have no moving
parts to wear out and do not consume any fuel. As long as there is enough
light, solar panels will produce electricity.
Many solar modules
come with 5, 10, and even 20-year warranties. This speaks highly of their
In fact, very little
can go wrong with a solar panel except actual physical damage.
Even hail, the
nemesis of North Texas, does not often damage it. Panels are manufactured
to withstand one-inch hailstones at 50 mph. One Austin solar tech said he
had yet to see hail break a panel.
Wind damage: Most
systems are designed to withstand 125 mph winds.
It is advisable to
call your home insurance
agent and inquire about your carrier's coverage
or lack of coverage. Damage to a solar system is normally covered
(probably at an increased rate) but if your carrier does not cover damage,
you can find one that will.
batteries are used with your solar system, be aware that they will need
replacement every five-to-ten years.
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