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Hail damage: Solar Panel Inspection Guide

There’s been some wild weather this summer, with serious damage inflicted on properties across the country.

Solar panels are designed to withstand weather, including hail and thunderstorms. However, just like your car windscreen can sometimes get damaged by extreme hail, the same can happen to your panels. Poor quality solar panels are particularly susceptible to damage.

If you’re unsure whether the recent wild weather has affected your solar PV system, check out our tips below.

How likely is it that panels will be damaged?

Solar panels are made from tempered glass and as such will resist hail stones on most occasions. In order to pass Australian standards, they must be able to withstand the direct impact of hail stones with a diameter of 35mm or approximately the size of a golf ball.

However, hail stones that are larger than this can cause panels to smash, so we suggest informing your home and content insurance provider that you have solar and to check that hail damage is covered.

Checking for hail damage

First, check your inverter. If there has been significant hail damage, it’s likely that an issue will be detected by your inverter. Look at the inverter’s display screen. If you see any red lights, any faults appearing such as ground fault or earth fault, or if there is no indication of any power generation, there could be an issue. Contact your solar installer to investigate the issue further.

Second, conduct a visual inspection from a distance. If the panels are smashed, it would be visible from a distance. Don’t climb on your roof if you think there may be hail damage as if the panels are smashed, there could be leaking voltage.

What to do if your panels are damaged

Contact an installer to have the smashed panels replaced. The cost should be covered by your home and contents insurance but check with your insurance provider, as different companies have different rules.

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