I was having my annual backflow testing on the sprinkler system in the house. The City of Redmond where I live requires sprinklers for my house, office, and beach house which means I have backflow prevention valves and i found a reasonable cost done by Linda Pfeiffer.
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When chatting with Linda we were discussing roofs and fire departments risk to getting up there, then she said the big thing now is the solar panels are changing how fire departments can fight a fire and whether they will be electrocuted.
Here is a story of a warehouse with solar panels was quite possibly completely destroyed because the environmentally sensitive solar panels. Whatever environmental impact was accumulated was most likely undone by the fire.
We don't often hear of a data center fire. When there is a fire, the electrocution risk from the UPS batteries will make people cautious. Can you imagine how the fire fighting changes if the roof is covered with solar panels?
“The new paradigm is firefighters might encounter building systems they have little or no knowledge of,” Willette said. “It used to be homes and commercial buildings had roofs and walls and heating and ventilation systems that the fire service was used to dealing with…modern technology, both in building construction and these other alternative energy systems, have changed that.”
Something to think about when you are deciding whether to put solar panels on your roof or an adjacent piece of property.