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How rain affects solar panels

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Habitec



Solar energy has generated different taboos around it, especially in the use of solar panels. There are many rumors about its application and use, which have prevented its exponential growth in the market. However, solar technology has built a good name and now it’s easier to contradict what many tried to discredit, since these technologies have proven to be very effective.

Fact: it’s known that solar energy is one of the best alternatives to generate electricity and has enormous advantages, which is why different panels have been developed to capture the energy of the sun and transform it into electrical energy, even on days when the radiation is low.


Can solar panels generate electricity if it rains?

The simple answer to this question is: Yes, today's solar technology is capable of generating electricity even if it rains. We explain how this is possible:

The rain can influence the performance of this technology, however, in the case of solar panels, the influence of this factor is minimal, since they’re able to use sunlight even on cloudy days, maintaining a continuous storage of energy that can be used when necessary. In this way, the panels can be optimized to generate energy, regardless of whether they live in a region with a significant rainy season.

In addition, it’s worth mentioning that there is an interconnected system that will allow you to use both the electric current of your solar systemand the electric network of the CFE, should you need to. In this way, your business or home will never have to worry about running out of electricity.


Can rain or hail damage solar panels?

The solar panels have been built in a way that you don’t have to worry about this issue. This technology has been assembled with a strong frame and tempered glass, in addition to being completely hermetic, which makes them not only suitable to be exposed to the elements and rain, but even to snow and low temperatures. The rain even helps to keep the solar panels clean.

Another myth that exists is hail, because many people believe that being exposed to this type of weather phenomenon, the panel can be punctured and stop working. This situation will hardly happen, since a panel of good quality has a high shock resistance.

In many countries, regulation around the issue is very strict and products must have a quality certificate issued by an evaluating institution. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has regulated the manufacture of this type of panels, so the guarantee of its effectiveness in case of some natural phenomenon is very high, and myths about rain and hail are totally out of place.

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