Photo: Kelly Roofing
Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall proved to be reliable during Hurricane Ian that hit Florida. The system remained undamaged and fully functional, proving to be excellent in real-world testing.
Hurricane Ian hit the Atlantic coast hard, bringing massive destruction and grief to millions of people. Recently, it retreated from Florida, where it rampaged, sparing no one and nothing. A huge amount of rainfall hit the state, turning the streets of residential areas into rivers, along which yachts and boats literally floated, thrust by the wind at speeds of more than 150 mph. According to the data, more than 2.2 million households and businesses have lost their power supply, and it is now almost impossible to restore it quickly.
Under these extreme conditions, Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall were able to pass the real test of survival in real life. Kelly Roofing, who installs Tesla systems in the state, shared information about a facility that survived the hurricane. The company said that Powerwall was under water for several hours, and the Solar Roof remained intact despite the terrifying wind. Despite all this, after checking, it turned out that the whole system works perfectly.
@TeslaSolar roof stood up to #HurricaneIan with 155mph winds and a 10’ storm surge! This Powerwall was underwater for hours and is still working perfectly.@elonmusk @Tesla #powerwall #solarroof pic.twitter.com/fVHmChyXUm— Kelly Roofing (@KellyRoofing) September 29, 2022
Tesla solar tiles are made from tempered glass, making them exceptionally durable. Tempered glass is extremely durable and provides the perfect protection for solar cells and the entire home. It is able to withstand the impact of large hail and strong wind, which has already been proven in real conditions. Weddle and Sons have provided some important information about the Tesla solar tiles to give you an idea of their reliability:
The solar tiles on a solar roof are rated for ANSI FM 4473 Class 3 hail resistance. This means that the solar tiles have been tested in a formal testing environment where 1.75in ice balls are launched five feet away at just below 72 mph.
Tesla's solar tiles are also rated for ASTM D3161 Class F wind resistance, meaning they are appropriate for installation where winds “are less than or equal to 130 mph.” During testing, materials are subject to 110 mph winds (created by fans) for two continuous hours. If they show no sign of damage, they receive a Class F rating.
If your system has been flooded, do not rush to turn it on until experts have ensured it is working!
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.