More Documents For Elected Officials To Help Stop Solar Farms #2


Reasons “Solar Farms” should not be allowed close to Residential Neighborhoods.



1: Solar Panels have been known to CAUSE fires. (See attachment 1a, 1b, 1c. 1d)

2: Solar Panels are known to contain Toxic Chemicals that can be distributed into the atmosphere and/or ground water in the event they are damaged due to a storm or fire.
(See attachment 2a)

3: Solar Farm Installations have been sued by the government for causing erosion. (See attachment 3a)

4: The U.S.A does NOT maintain records on the number of fires caused by or involving Solar Panel Fires. (See attachment 4a)

5: Firemen, including small town volunteer firemen need special equipment and training in order to deal with fires involving solar panels. (See attachment 5a)

6: The U.S.A. is slow to respond, announce and enforce recalls involving solar panel components, especially anything that could cause fires. (See attachment 6a, 6b, 6c)

7: The U.S.A. does not currently have a national program on how damaged and outdated solar panels containing toxic chemicals will be disposed of. (See attachment 7a, 7b, 7c)

8: Due to environmental reasons, TREES should NEVER be cut down to make room for Solar Panels that are installed to “Save the Environment.” (See attachment 8a, shades

9: Farms, Food, wildlife habitat and human safety should always be more important then Solar Farms. (See attachment 9a)

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(1a)
• Amazon had Solar Panels start a fire on one of their buildings.
• Walmart Had Solar Panels Start Fires at 7 U.S. Locations
and ONE of those fires started months after the panel was de-energized.

In 2019, Walmart settled a lawsuit (for an undisclosed amount) that was filed after 7 of their stores caught on fire, BECAUSE of Solar Panels mounted on their roof, including one case where the panels had already been de-energized. https://stopsolarfarms.com/news/faulty-solar-panels-burning.html

(1b)
Solar Farm Burned 1,127 Acres possibly due to a BIRD landing in the wrong spot.
The claim was a bird landed on 2 wires. Electric has been transferred via wires for around 100 years. Birds have always sat on wires. Even if the wires shorted out, how much have they burned? Maybe short out one or more transformer, but when have you ever heard of wires buring over one thousand acres of land due to a shorted wire in the wide open countryside with no buildings around.

It Was Partially funded by a $1.24 Billion Loan Guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department. https://stopsolarfarms.com/news/solar-farm-fire-burns-1127-acres.html

(1c)
60 Acre Solar Farm Fire Prevents Fire Fighters Access To Flames:
On August 27, 2019, there was a fire on a 60 acre solar farm in the city of Pittsburg, California, close to residential and business areas. During the fire, the firefighter were informed the solar panels were energized and high risk, thus preventing them from getting under the panels.
Since this fire did not get any national attention, there was no cause of the fire listed. However, if a fire department can not get close to a fire to treat it, that would seem like a dangerous and reckless situation, especially since it was “close to residential and business areas.

(1d)
Insurance Report On Solar Panel Fires

https://stopsolarfarms.com/news/insurance-report-on-solar-panel-fires.html

A 2018 UK government report, which investigated 80 solar panel fires, found that 58 instances were caused by the photovoltaic system itself. The study notes that some of these fires took place in buildings, while others occurred on solar farms.

The majority of these fires originated in DC isolators with “the most likely cause of fire as electrical arcing”. Electrical arcing is the electrical breakdown of a gas that produces a prolonged electrical discharge leading to combustion. Effectively, the fire will start by a live wire sending electricity into the air. The temperature of an arc flash can reach several thousands of degrees Celsius.



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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INHALATION HAZARD
Hazardous materials used in the semi-conductor industry, such as silicon, boron, phosphorus, cadmium, tellurium, arsenic, and gallium, are used in the construction of PV (Solar Panel) modules and components.

In PV modules these materials are sealed between the top layer of glass and the plastic backing of the module, and then are encased in an aluminum frame.

When the PV system is operating under normal conditions, these chemicals do not constitute a hazard. However, during a fire involving PV modules or components, or the adjacent areas around the modules or components, the aluminum frame can become deformed or melt, exposing the hazardous chemicals to direct flame and/or significant heat.

The exposure to flame and heat will cause the materials to dissipate in the smoke plume, constituting an inhalation hazard to Firefighters without breathing apparatus, as well as people standing near the fire building and in the path of the plume.
https://stopsolarfarms.com/news/solar-panel-hazardous-materials-inhalation-hazard.html

(3a)
State Sues Solar Farm Developer For Pollution
On April 28, 2020, the Massachusetts Attorney General filed a lawsuit against a Solar Farm Developer alleging “irreparable harm” caused by the polluting of a River and damage to protected wetlands.

The lawsuit claims the solar developer violated Federal and State water protection laws during the construction of an 18.5 acre solar farm.

Stormwater pollution is regulated under a variety of federal Clean Water Act permits and is recognized as the largest threat to water quality. By not having the legally required storm-water controls, the construction caused “sediment-laden storm-water to erode the hillside, effecting perennial and intermittent streams, uprooting trees and covering more then an acre of new sediment pollution in the river, thus causing irreparable damage to the river.
https://stopsolarfarms.com/news/state-sues-solar-farm-developer-for-pollution.html

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While other countries track fires involving solar panel fires, the United States does not.
The only information we could even find relating to solar panel fires is a column from a magazine, stating there is no information available on the number of fires within the U.S.
“Per a conversation between pv magazine USA, and the National Fire Data Center, there is no information available on the number of fires from solar power systems, rooftop or ground. The group says, that they don’t have a code for it yet so they don’t track it, meaning these events end up in a very large “other” category. The National Fire Protection Association does have a solar photovoltaics safety related page.”
https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/08/23/there-are-data-missing-solar-power-fires-per-year/

(5a)
Solar Panel Hazardous Material Inhalation Danger.
Hazardous materials such as silicon, boron, phosphorus, cadmium, tellurium, arsenic, and gallium, are used in the construction of PV (Solar Panel) modules and components.

During a fire, the exposure to flame and heat will cause the materials to dissipate in the smoke plume, constituting an inhalation hazard to Firefighters without breathing apparatus, as well as people standing near the fire bu