Haboob! Photo Credit: Life with the Cummings
Last week there was an incredible iReport on CNN from a Phoenix local. The amazing footage showed a dust storm the likes of which even the Valley of the Sun does not see often. CNN noted that the name of such large dust storms in the Arabic language is “haboob.” Well, this was one enormous haboob!
While the video was amazing to watch, the dust storm loomed ominous–it essentially looks like a tsunami made of dust. It engulfed buildings and mountainsides, residential areas and the metro area with ease.
This haboob situation isn’t anywhere near as serious as an actual tsunami, but it does raise so questions about basic safety and how things work. Which brings us to the main question for this blog: Does a solar panel array or rooftop solar panels in Phoenix work during or in the aftermath of a dust storm?
During the storm performance is not generally an issue as most dust storms do not tend to last a very long time. That said, there are some measures you may want to take AFTER the storm is over. Since these types of large “haboobs” happen at dusk in many instances, we ask you to please NOT attempt to check on your rooftop or other solar panel installations in Phoenix until daylight the following day.
In most cases, you will find that everything is just as it should be. The wind–and likely rain–that follow such kinds of dust storms will do the clean-up work for you. Sometimes, though, you will need to pick out bigger things that may have been left behind: leaves, twigs, and so on. If you find that your rooftop solar installations in Phoenix are really coated with a heavy layer of dust and dirt, you will likely want to rinse them off. BUT, be careful–our water supply here in the Valley is NOT usually soft water, and that means the water that beads up on your solar installation in Phoenix could potentially leave behind an unpleasant residue of hard water deposits that could make your solar panels work harder or hamper their effectiveness.
If you have an Adair Solar Company in Mesa solar installation on your home, please call us if you are concerned about the condition of your solar panel installation–whether its from a dust storm or any other reason. We’ll come out and take a look at the situation, and handle any issues for you. Call us for help! (480) 827-1162