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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