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Is Martin’s 40 year old solar panel still operating?

AlanB4 | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

I was thinking about that article (because of a solar panel longevity article on CleanTechnica the other day) and noticed its from 2010, i am curious if its still running and if its still performing at spec (a test Martin may or may not want to redo).

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    The answer to your question has already been written. An upcoming blog on the topic will be published on August 7. Until then, no spoilers.

  2. AlanB4 | | #2

    What coincidence!
    You didn't blow it up with dynamite i hope?

    1. Expert Member
      Peter Engle | | #3

      Martin lives way up north, but not in North Korea. I suspect that if/when the panels finally give up the ghost, he'll give them a decent burial. Or recycle the components that he can.

  3. Expert Member
    BILL WICHERS | | #4

    I look forward to reading your article Martin.

    My guess is that old panel is probably doing pretty well. I think modern solar panels have a pretty good shot at exceeding their minimum expected lifetimes as long as they are able to avoid significant physical damage.


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