Install tip: Don’t let microcracks turn into macro problems

By SPW This installation tip was provided by David Lopez, business development and sales manager at Panasonic Solar
Solar panels are meant to absorb the sun’s rays, not an installer’s body weight. Kneeling or walking on a solar panel may not break the protective glass, but it can create tiny cracks in the cells underneath, causing invisible damage and beginning the downhill spiral to fading performance. These small cracks—microcracks—are one of the main reasons for solar module degradation and failure.
Once a cell is cracked, its power output decreases a little more every year. Over time, the whole panel becomes less effective and shows

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