In a recent article featured in the May 2014 issue of FireRescue, the issue of firefighter safety and response for solar power systems was discussed. Saving money and being energy conscious are big topics on the minds of people these days, and one of the most popular home power options has been solar panels. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, “A solar project will be installed, on average, every 4 minutes in the U.S.”
However, solar panels on buildings present several challenges to firefighters. The NFPA recently published a report that was referenced throughout this article, on “Firefighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems,” authored by Casey Grant. Some of these challenges include electrical hazards, potential ignition source, inhibiting vertical ventilation, increased roof load that may not have been originally designed for the structure and more.