Why Firefighters Are Scared of Solar Power

A 300,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse in Delanco, New Jersey, burned down last week, and the local fire chief says solar panels are partly to blame. No, the 700 solar panels on top of the Dietz & Watson warehouse didn't cause the fire, but their presence did dissuade Delanco Fire Chief Ron Holt from putting his team on the roof. "With all that power and energy up there, I can't jeopardize a guy’s life for that,” Holt told NBC Philadelphia. The only thing firefighters fear more than fire is solar.  So long as a solar panel is getting sunlight, it's impossible to turn off. "During daylight, there can be enough voltage and current to injure or even kill a firefighter who comes in contact with the energized conductors," Matthew Paiss, a fire engineer with the San Jose Fire Department, wrote in a handy guide for firefighters. The Dietz & Watson warehouse fire started when the sun was out. By the time the sun went down, the fire was beyond control. The warehouse burned for 29 hours.  As Paiss explained in his essay on solar panels and firefighting, roof access is crucial for firefighters: Full Article:

Prothea and Lennox Partners advisers in VEI Green S.r.l. acquisition of 6 MW of PV assets from Good Energies

Prothea acted as adviser to VEI Green S.r.l. on its successful acquisition of a 6MW Solar power portfolio from the English fund Good Energies, part of the Bregal Investments group.

Hudson Clean Energy Partners Launches Solar Infrastructure Program

Seeks long-term investment, attractive risk-adjusted returns on global solar PV projects

TÜV SÜD's green power certification approved for EU-wide trading

TÜV SÜD's "Generation EE" standard has been approved by the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB) as an independent criteria scheme (ICS). The certificate not only confirms that energy generation is based on renewable energies, but also labels additional qualities for eco-power.

Prothea and Lennox Partners advisers in VEI Green acquisition of 6MW of PV assets from Good Energies

Vei Green, an investment vehicle fully owned by VEI Capital S.p.a., has finalized the acquisition of a 6MW Italian solar portfolio from the English fund Good Energies, part of the Bregal Investments group.

EDF Energies Nouvelles' solar project in California

French utility finish a photovoltaic project in Mojave desert, California.

Navy Program ‘Excelerates' Alternative Energy

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) today announced it will increase its support for Energy Excelerator

New Peerless/ Danfoss Web Store Offers Solenoid, Water, Steam & Thermostatic Valves, Switches and Sensors from Stock!

Peerless website also offers a full range of Danfoss Pressure Switches for Industrial applications, Pressure Transducers & Sensors and Temperature Sensors.

Solar energy to help Greece recover from the crisis?

Renewable energy is becoming quite popular in emerging countries and developed countries are still investing to increase the share of renewable energy in their energy mix. What are the prospects for renewable energy in a country affected by an economic crisis?

Trina Solar to Sponsor NAEE 2013

October  16 – 18  2013

WELTEC BIOPOWER Develops 1.6 MW of Green Energy in France

Implementation of Four Biogas Plants with Partner Domaix Energie

JA Solar to Supply 96 MW of Modules to China Power Investment for Projects in China's Qinghai Province

The two projects are located in Gonghe County in Qinghai's Hainan Autonomous Prefecture, and have a capacity of 320 MW and 200 MW, respectively.

Fraunhofer ISE certifies: DEGER solar tracking systems gain the highest energy yield

Long term yield analyses confirms: MLD technology outclass other tracking technologies

High-Voltage Direct Current Converter Stations Global Market to Reach $89.6 Billion by 2020

China HVDC converter station market to reach $27.1 billion---- HVDC transmission lines ‘enable power transmission over long distances with minimal power losses,' says analyst

AMSC Wins First D-VAR® STATCOM Project in South Africa

The system will be commissioned in the first half of 2014.

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