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Over the holiday weekend a massive 11-alarm blaze erupted at the Dietz & Watson distribution center in South Jersey. The very destructive fire burned for nearly a day due to a peculiar reason - the 300,000 square foot building had more than 7,000 solar panels on its roof. Instead of being able to tackle the fire from close range, firefighters were forced to fight the fire from a distance in order to avoid any risk of electrocution from the solar panels. Most solar panel arrays do not have a simple on/off switch, or a master breaker. So long as the sun is shining, the panels are producing electricity. Individually, a solar panel does not create enough volts to harm a person, but when solar panels are strung together to a single converter, the power of each panel is accrued, creating a deadly situation for anyone near the array during an emergency situation.
While no specific forensic evidence has been issued yet, experts in the field of roofing and solar panels already agree that the fire may have started due to the intense heat that is created between low-lying solar panels and reflective white roofing membrane. Extreme rooftop temperatures can be effectively controlled by installing green roofs below solar panels. Countless studies have shown that the surface temperature of extensive green roofs rarely exceeds 86°F. When solar panels and green roofs are integrated, i.e. a Solar Garden Roof System, rooftop and solar panel temperatures are significantly reduced. Lower rooftop temperatures means greater energy production and may potentially save your building from destruction.