Solar Array Quality: The Shocking Truth

02/15/2011 05:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • scientificamerican.com

Solar experts have regaled me with tales of poor workmanship they find when they do spot checks of installed systems. As improperly installed joints corrode, connections loosen, and wires fray, we may be looking forward to a wave of breakdowns in the coming years. "Not only is there a potential for an increase in system failures, but there is also a potential for a rise in unsafe and potentially lethal situations," says Corey Asbill of New Mexico State University.

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