Can panels be installed without being hooked up yet?
I'm finally getting started with our solar project, and I'm about ready to put up our modules. I'll have 2 top of pole mounts with 12 modules each (LG Neon2 320w). I've got the 8" poles set, have one MT Solar rack started, and I'm setting the rails today. I want to get the panels mounted and the rack up and secure before bad weather hits. I still have to put up the building to temporarily store our power equipment until we build our house there this spring.
My question is, how do I wire (or not) my array so that it will not damage them until I get the rest of the system up and running? I'm not sure if I need to leave the wires disconnected, connect each panel's +/- wires, or what? Do I need to cover them with tarps until ready?
Leaving them till later is not an option. Thanks, Lee
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2006 Trace Xantrex power panel, (3) SW5548 inverters- 2 NOS Trace's (1999) and 1 Trace/Xantrex 2006 for back up (came with power panel. et al), Xantrex DC/disconnect, Xantrex AC disconnect/bypass, (3) C40 PWM charge controllers- 2 NOS, one used. (8)Evergreen Solar 120w (960w), 8k LG Neon 2, (25) 320w, Bergey XL.1 1.5k genny, Air X 400 genny (came with used system), 48v Interstate Workman batts (now frozen/toast), (2) Montana Solar adjustable Top of Pole 12 array racks, (2) Midnite Solar MSPV 4 combiner boxes, (2) Midnite Solar Classic 150's (one an SL), SOK LiFePo stack of 500ah and one nice Ozark hilltop to set them all on.