SUNY’s Solar Safety and Scholarships

Many New York State University campuses are adding solar capacity to their energy portfolio. While this is clearly a positive step overall, it does present some potential problems for responding fire departments. Photovoltaic (PV) panels (which generate electricity directly from sunlight via an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material) can present a potential hazard due to the sun’s energy turning into electrical energy. It is often difficult to power down the solar panels during an emergency. When there is sunlight or fire fighter lighting present, the panels will stir up electricity. Because the panels may not

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