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Can Solar Panels Survive a Storm or Hurricane? YES.


Worried about solar panels and storms? Worry not, solar panel systems are incredibly durable and require little to no maintenance over their productive lifetime – which can span 25 years or more.

Many people in regions that experience a significant shift in weather often ask if it’s necessary to remove the panels or account for additional maintenance. Generally, the answer is no. Why? Because your panels can withstand severe storms and to be self-cleaning, if they are mounted and secured to your roof at an angle of 15 degrees or more. 

More importantly, Florida code requires the entire solar system to pass 180 mph+ wind loads as part of the inspection to operate. 

But in the event that something does go wrong, your solar photovoltaic system components have very long warranties that would cover replacement and repair costs.

Adding solar panels to your home is a long-term, low risk, high return way to invest your money and you can be prepared for a storm any time of year with a Tesla Powerwall backup battery system

Solar Panel Warranties

Solar panel manufacturers provide a range of warranties that guarantee you will have support and coverage in the unlikely event of an issue, such as hail or falling palm tree branches or even a hurricane. 

Power output warranties guarantee that panel performance won’t fall below a specified level over the term of the warranty (usually 25 years). For instance, a manufacturer might provide a warranty to guarantee that peak power output won’t fall below 85 percent for 25 years. Some manufacturers will also include an additional warranty that promises a higher output level over a shorter period of time.

As an example, a secondary warranty might guarantee no less than 90 percent of initial power output for the first 10 years.

Panels typically come with a workmanship warranty that protects consumers against defective panel parts, generally for the first five years of operation. Inverters also come with warranties, usually for 10 years.

Vinyasun prefers to install systems using SunPower solar panels, which can withstand up to 170 mph wind loads because they are the highest-wattage home solar panels available, period.

SunPower® Complete Confidence Warranty Conventional Solar Panel Warranty*
25 years 10 years
8% 19.3%

Just to recap, SunPower offers...

  • 25-year Inverter, material, labor, racking, roof mount warranty
  • Power performance guarantee to 92% on year 25
  • 20-year production guarantee that pays you the difference if your system doesn't produce the power, they say it will produce. 
  • Non-breaking solar cells and panel efficiency of 20.4%
  • Extended roofing warranty from our company against roof leaks to 10 years 
Get up to 6 months of Free Solar

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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