Nebraska Loses Green Energy Solar Panels To Hailstorm

Solar panels on the roof of building

Solar panels on the roof of building

If you are looking into solar panels, sometimes you might find it helpful to learn how others have dealt with solar issues. Scottsbluff, Nebraska, discovered the hard way a disadvantage to solar panels at the end of June 2023. The city’s solar panels were completely destroyed by a hailstorm.

The Scottsbluff, Nebraska 5.2 MW Community Solar project is part of the NPPD’s Sunwise program, which includes more than 14,000 solar panels. As of 2019, it had been operational. In a ceremony to inaugurate the project, dignitaries and supporters proclaimed it would deliver cheap and clean energy, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, and contribute to a brighter and more environmentally friendly future.

City Response

Kevin Spencer, Scottsbluff city manager, was told that

The panels were hail-proof, but that might have meant hail up to a certain size [1].

The power company is still assessing the damage. While most panels were destroyed, some of the solar panels’ equipment may also be destroyed.


A hailstorm went through the Wyoming and Nebraska area on June 23, 2023. This area is a region that has some of the highest frequencies of hailstorms in the country. These hailstones were the size of baseballs. They fell from the sky at 100-150 mph.

Manufacturers Response

The system’s 25-year expected lifetime was reduced to less than four years [2]. Though reporters reached out to Gastouniotis, the solar company, they have received no answer.

In conclusion, solar panels do have a purpose. One needs to assess the money saved over time, compared with the area’s risks, like hail.



  1. ^ {{Baseball-Sized Hail Smashing Into Panels At 150 MPH Destroys Scottsbluff Solar Farm}} (go back  ↩)
  2. ^ {{Huge Nebraska Solar Park Completely Smashed To Pieces By One Single Hail Storm!}} (go back  ↩)

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