Solar panels in sunlight without being hooked up

Can solar panels have direct sunlight shining on them without being wired to the rest of the components or should we cover them?
We are in the process of installing the rest of the components, but will have the panels mounted first. Will this be a problem?
Thank you in advance for the advice.
~Crystal

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  • SlimDieselSlimDiesel Registered Users Posts: 17
    Re: Solar panels in sunlight without being hooked up

    Not a problem. My 18 SolarWorld SW230's sat on the roof for about three weeks between when the installer put them there and the inverter was connected to the grid. The panels were wired in 2 strings to the inverter but the DC disconnect was off.
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 30,642 admin
    Re: Solar panels in sunlight without being hooked up

    As SlimDiesel said--Full sun will not hurt unconnected panels (plug ends should be protected from short circuit/touching metal--there is still available power there that could cause a problem)...

    The bigger question is "are the panels someplace safe and secure so that they will not be damaged by kids/wind/tools" (i.e., properly mounted on the roof)?

    Any hard knock on the panels, and you will have shattered tempered/safety glass and $xxx of scrap.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • CrystalCrystal Solar Expert Posts: 119 ✭✭✭
    Re: Solar panels in sunlight without being hooked up

    Thanks for the quick reply. We will be mounting them in place, but it will be some time before we can get to hooking them up. I'm sure I will have more questions along the way.
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