After a winter of seriously destructive winds, Utah home with solar panels using TRA-MAGE solar racking remains undamaged, providing uninterrupted power

Solar Racking, Fruit Heights, Wind Storm

Solar Racking in Fruit Heights, UT

March 21, 2012

Although areas along the Wasatch Front in Utah suffered major damage during a winter full of high winds, one solar paneled house incurs no damage to solar panels or roofing material due to an engineered solar racking system provided by TRA-MAGE. 

Wendell and Nola Child wanted to put solar panels on their house in Fruit Heights, Utah.  “When I was negotiating the deal with Norm of Progressive Power, I told him that we can have winds here of up to 100 MPH.  So, however they installed the panels, I didn’t want them to come off,” recalls Wendell.  Progressive Power Solutions selected the TRA-MAGE solar racking and mounting system which was engineered to withstand hurricane force winds.

Little did Wendell know how seriously his new solar panel system would be tested during the winter of 2011 – 2012.  During one weather event, winds were clocked at 100 MPH.  Shingles, tiles, soffits and branches became projectiles.  Some schools closed, cars and homes were crushed by trees, and residents were injured.  One day 50,000 people lost power and vehicles toppled over on nearby Interstate 15.   That storm caused damage serious enough for the region to be deemed a Federal Disaster Area.

During each windstorm, neighbors watched out their windows, wondering when the Childs’ solar panels would blow off.  While shingles, windows, trampolines and siding became dangerous projectiles and trees came crashing down all around their neighborhood, Wendell and Nola’s solar racking and panels never moved and none of their roofing material blew off.  Their flag pole was blown at an angle, and according to Wendell it looked like “the Leaning Tower of Pisa,” but the Childs’ home weathered each storm with only a small piece of aluminum soffit becoming dislodged.

Damage from high winds

Fall Trees – Damage from high winds

“After one storm, Nola didn’t realize the power had gone off during the night,” Wendell remembers.  “She got up, got dressed, got ready, and the lights worked fine.  We had power like normal because of the back-up battery system and the solar panels on top that allowed us to have power.  The neighbors had no power and they were wondering why we had lights on.  They were on because the panels were still up there just like nothing happened!”

As neighbors reroof their damaged homes and Winter morphs into Spring, the Childs’ solar panels and roof need no repair.  Wendell and Nola are grateful they had carefully researched integrators before settling on Progressive Power Solutions and the TRA-MAGE system for their home. “I am so thrilled that it worked.   We couldn’t be more pleased. ”

downed power lines, wind zones

Downed Power Lines – 50,000 people lost power

TRA-MAGE, Inc. manufactures solar racking for all types of solar panels, roof snow retention devices and flexible roof flashings.  They provide free engineering of their roof systems for all projects, big and small.

Progressive Power Solutions (PPS) is a qualified licensed electrical contractor with years of experience installing and servicing renewable energy systems in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and California.

For more information on TRA-MAGE and how to mount solar panels, contact us at 866-963-6511 or visit www.trasnowandsun.com.