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Solar Quality...Why it's Important

Jul 29, 2013

All information below by Emily Hois, Author

The cost of solar panels continues to plummet, but as concerns with panel quality begin to surface, more consumers are seeking efficiency and reliability over low panel prices. As panel prices have dropped about 80 percent over the past six years, the solar panel manufacturing industry is in the midst of a “fight for survival” with operating margins in the red, says Conrad Burke of DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions.

Solar modules created with low-grade materials can taint the entire industry, as systems fail years earlier than expected and premature corrosion puts roofs at risk of catching on fire. “The solar industry cannot afford quality issues that erode consumer and investor confidence that the industry has carefully built through years of scientific advancements in this vital source of renewable energy,” Burke says.

 

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