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  •  This may seem like a silly question.... (6+ / 0-)

    but I know very little about this subject.

    How do these systems perform in areas that get severe hail storms?

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 03:37:37 AM PDT

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    •  My solar company told us they test the panels (6+ / 0-)

      by firing golf balls at them full force. They should be ok for at least that size hail.

      A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

      by marleycat on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 04:59:34 AM PDT

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      •  I undestand the concern (5+ / 0-)

        Her in N. TX, we recently had storms (missed our house) with up to softball-size hail.  I have a co-worker with extra-hail-resistant roofing, and he had holes punched in it from some hailstones over 2 in. in diameter.  So, you'd hate to have the panels trashed one June in a thunderstorm.

        hooktool, you are thinking exactly as I am: we want to level out and minimize our retirement years' regular utility costs.  Proper construction of a cozy house, careful usage, and some solar (and mebbe wind, too) could reduce average costs to very low, over a year's time.  Makes being retired give one much more precictable (and lower) fixed costs for housing/living.  Add in an electric car for local trips, at least, and much of daily life is covered, or at least very predictable.

        Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 08:28:43 AM PDT

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    •  Another silly question: will homeowners insurance (0+ / 0-)

      cover them?

      •  Yes! (1+ / 0-)
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        But good to let them know you have them and get that on record.

        "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

        by Chico David RN on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 09:12:47 PM PDT

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