Solar Panels create dangers for fire crews

solar-panel-fire-australia-300x201Well not something that comes to mind straight away but we are starting to see buildings covered in subsidy creating solar PV panels. However in the event of a fire there is no way to de-energize them. UK regulations does not require isolators to protect emergency services and the installers don’t fit them. They are available though! isolatorThis can create major problems for fire crews where the danger of electrocution may mean some fires will have to be left to burn out. Already in the US this had had a serious impact on insurance costs for such buildings. Also the added weight on the roof of a burning building restricts access to these buildings by fire crews. Read this article and watch the video. The lights from the rescue services and from the actual fire can actually make the situation much worse. We have a record from the SE of the UK that problems have already been caused with serious consequences for local workers. When daylight came and the PV panels started working again, the part burnt factory started sending sparks everywhere and the factories around had to be cleared until specialists arrived to disconnect the solar panels!


About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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