Your solar design from Beryl Project Engineering is completely reliable through Florida’s sometime extreme weather patterns and events. A report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on 50,000 solar energy systems installed between 2009 and 2013 indicates that only 0.1% of all Photovoltaic systems were reported to sustain damage or performance issues after severe weather incidents.
Solar design companies and solar panel manufacturers and installers are guided by federal, state, and industry regulations for quality and durability. Every solar design from Beryl Project Engineering is guaranteed to meet or exceed guidelines for quality, durability, and safety.
Hurricane Winds and Your Solar Design
Here is an example that demonstrates the resiliency of the typical solar design under extreme weather conditions. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, 2017 with Category 5 extreme winds that surpassed 180 mph. San Juan’s Veteran’s Administration hospital was able to operate throughout the storm and afterward at 100% capacity although drawing power from a 645-kW rooftop solar array installed in 2015.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) sets Minimum Design Loads standards for all manner of construction materials. Solar design panels and equipment must adhere to the ASCE 7-10 wind-specific ASCE standard in order to be compliant. This standard deals with the quality of design, manufacturing, and installation procedures and requires testing under at least 140 mph wind conditions. Your solar design from Beryl Project Engineering will meet or exceed this important safety standard.
Hailstorms and Your Solar Design
Hail is another important consideration in your solar design. Here is another example that shows the durability of modern solar systems.
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, CO was hit with a severe hailstorm in 2017. Over 3,000 solar panels are placed throughout the facility and only one was broken during the storm. This same storm shattered car windows and damaged roofs throughout the area with some hailstones reaching 2.75 inches in diameter.
Solar panels are also legally required to comply with International Standard IEC 61215. This requires a solar panel to withstand a hit from a ball of hail 25mm (about 1 inch) in diameter at speeds of 51.4 mph.
Photovoltaic Design from Beryl Project Engineering
Beryl Project Engineering’s principal engineeris Envision SP certified and provides Permit Ready Packages for a number of residential and commercial Photovoltaic Solar needs. Your solar design meets even the stringent Florida Building Code requirements as well as Wind Speed Loading and Energy Production compliance. Our engineers and drafters have a wealth of experience crafting superior designs for all manner of roofing setups.
Call Beryl Project Engineering at 813-616-3301 or send us a message online about Permit Ready packages or custom designs for your Florida home or business.