Solar panels require very little maintenance over the years, and occasional servicing and cleaning is all you need to worry about for the most part.
They are also sturdy structures, designed to endure all kinds of weather conditions from heavy rain to snow.
In short, solar panels do not break easily. However, that doesn’t mean that it never happens.
While it is rare, solar panels can be damaged by weather conditions like hail or debris from gale force winds.
Damage caused by flying tree branches during a storm wouldn’t be surprising – however, solar panels are more likely to be damaged from smaller objects, such as leaves, dirt or twigs.
These can be dragged across the solar panel, causing tiny scratches which worsen gradually over time.
For this reason it is recommended that you have your panels serviced and cleaned regularly.