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Can Solar Panels Really Survive A Hurricane?

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Sure. Even a really bad one. 

There is a lot of "worry" from both consumers and policy makers that somehow solar panels won't be able to stand up to Florida's scrutinizing weather events. For that reason building codes are extremely strict for solar, particularly in high wind hurricane zones like Palm Beach, Broward and of course Miami-Dade -- all in our primary local market.

To that point, that is why we install only certain brands of solar panels that are specifically built for high wind speeds and believe it or not high snow loads. 2020 has thrown some curve balls at us, so we are going to be prepared.

As you can see by the image taken from Tyndall Air force Base in the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael made landfall a Cat 5 Storm with sustained wind speeds as high as 162 MPH. To put it into perspective Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade require installation methods tested at 170-mph and 180-mph. Your panels aren't likely going anywhere.

This means after the storm has passed you're bound to be a very popular household in your neighborhood.

Power everything in your home with the sun by day and by night.
Even when the power is out.

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Every year thousands of tons of food and vital medicines are lost due to power outages, and not just outages caused by hurricanes. Until now, the only way to protect your home was to buy a fossil fuel traditional generator and stock up on gasoline by storing it in little red containers in your garage - wicked unsafe. Solar panels plus Powerwall makes gas generators obsolete for home use.

How Does That Even Work?

High efficiency solar panels make plenty of energy during the day to power your home and store additional excess energy in your Tesla Powerwall system to provide stored solar energy all night long until the sun comes up the next day to begin filling up the Powerwall again. When the electric grid is up and running your excess energy is sold back at fair full retail credit (in most Florida areas). This gives you the benefit of a low utility bill all year long and access to reliable power to power everything in your home, even when the power is out.

Can It Power Everything in Your Home, Even Your HVAC?

When designed properly your solar and Powerwall installation can power your HVAC when the power is out. Astronauts are living aboard a space station right now 260 miles above the earth traveling at 15000 mph. Their only source of power is solar panels and batteries. The primary difference is that it will not cost billions of dollars to set up your system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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