Fires

Saturday 08 February 2020
08 Feb 2020 Posted by Bruce Boyett Comments: 0 Views: 
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lawsuits over fires started by faulty solar panels

The following information should be a warning to ALL individuals considering living next door to a home with solar panels on their roof, installing solar panels on their own home or allowing any solar farms to be built close to a residential area.
 

As one homeowner said after a solar panel on his house started a fire, “I caution you on using Tesla or any solar company for that matter as while it can certainly save you money it may potentially cost you much much more. To us our family is way more valuable than any amount of money we would ever save.”
 

Here at Stop Solar Farms, we have shared multiple articles in the past, with documentation on how , solar panel components have CAUSED fires, as well as addressing the hazards of breathing the smoke from those fires, due to the toxic cancer causing agents contained inside the solar panels.
 

If 7 out of 248 homes in your town, caught on fire because of gas leaks or arson, how safe would you feel? Did you know that Walmart had solar panels catch on fire on 7 out of 248 stores and one of those solar panels started a fire months after the solar panel was de-energized?
 


How about if 1 out of 11 homes caught on fire, for the same reason? Would that concern you? Did you know that Amazon had the same brand of solar panels catch on fire on 1 out of 11 of their facilities?
 


But what if the solar company monitors the solar panels?
 

About five months after his panels had been removed, one homeowner said he heard from the company that is supposed to be monitoring his solar panels .  The homeowner was told his system had been flagged for bad connectors, at which time he responded, “I told them there was no system to maintain because they’d already caused a fire on my roof.”
 

The solar energy advocates spread tales of solar panels being safe and the National Fire Data Center that keeps statistics on causes of fires within the U.S.A., does not have any records of solar panels causing fires. However FIRES RESULTING FROM SOLAR PANELS ARE NOT DOCUMENTED and are simply classified as "other causes". Fortunately foreign countries such as Germany has documentation of at least 120 FIRES resulting from Solar Panels. The U.K. also has documentation on 80 fires that were started by faulty solar panels, while other countries including Japan have organizations that have investigated fires started by faulty solar panels and/or their components too.
 

Walmart, Amazon and multiple home owners all had fires as a result of Tesla Solar Panels.
 

Walmart alleged in court documents that all 248 of their stores that have the Tesla roof solar panels were at risk of fires.



Walmart originally started having solar panels installed on their buildings in 2010. Beginning as early as 2012, several of those stores began experiencing rooftop fires, but the company had written these off as isolated accidents.
 

However, a string of three fires in as many months was hard to ignore. Walmart then determined the fires originated in the Tesla solar panels. So Walmart asked Tesla to de-activate all of its Walmart solar panels pending an investigation.
 

One of the seven Walmart store fires resulted in injuries to multiple firefighters and a store employee, plus millions of dollars in damages. Another fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, leaving the store closed for eight days.
 

Local news photographs and videos of one store fires showed a tremendous plume of black smoke emerging from flames as firefighters arrived at the scene and as it has been reported in safety articles by firefighting groups, smoke from certain solar panel fires contains hazardous toxic cancer causing agents.
 

In May 2018, Walmart suffered two blazes just eight days apart, one in Maryland and the other in California.
 

Walmart says that by May 2018, Tesla agreed to de-energize the solar systems at all 248 Walmart stores. But even that did not prevent at least two more fires, including one fire that took place months after the solar panel system was de-energized. 
 

In the case of one fire that took place after the solar panel system was de-energized, “Wires on the store’s rooftop were still sparking at the time that Walmart discovered the fire and could have ignited more extensive flames, with potentially devastating consequences,” the lawsuit states.
 

After having de-energized the solar panel systems at all 248 Walmart stores in 2018, Tesla went on to carry out safety inspections in 2019, hoping to find a way to re-energize the rooftop installations.
 

After inspecting just 29 stores, it found 157 items needing replacement or repair, “48 of which Tesla itself characterized as reflecting conditions that rendered the sites unsafe or potentially unsafe.”
 

Walmart's own follow-up inspections turned up even more problems.
 

Among the problems Walmart claims to have identified:

  • "Many of the Tesla solar panels inspected by Walmart were suffering from hotspots, resulting in cracking of the back sheets on solar modules and compromising electrical insulation."
  • "Making matters worse, Tesla had flagged or identified hotspots by placing pieces of tape over the affected areas. Because this tape prevented sunlight from reaching the solar panel, it exacerbated the problem by further concentrating heat."
  • "Tesla teams consistently failed to torque or tighten field-made connectors." "The lack of torqueing  leads to moisture and water intrusion."
  • "Sharp points—from, among other items, rough concrete or metal edges—were cutting into or abrading wires. In other cases, temperature changes resulted in the expansion and contraction of wires over time, moving the wires and resulting in their abrasion or exposure.
  • Multiple sites had improper grounding.

Within 90 days after filing this lawsuit, Walmart and Tesla settled, however there were also several other lawsuits against Tesla, and one of them was from Amazon because of one of their warehouses that contained solar panels from Tesla also caught on fire.
 



PROJECT TITAN
 

It seems that possibly as much as a year before the lawsuits from Walmart, Amazon and (multiple insurance companies that paid for homeowners losses from Solar Panel fires), Tesla had already discovered faulty parts within their panels and had begun a nationwide operation called “Project Titan,” that would quietly replace defective solar panel parts, such as connectors and optimizers. These are components which regulate the amount of energy and heat that flows to a solar panel which ensures that they don’t overheat, which could easily result in a fire.
 

It was reported that one of the parts Tesla repaired and/or replaced, was made by a company called Amphenol and it seems this same part was commonly used by a variety of solar panel companies, thus making us wonder how many faulty parts from this particular manufacture are still being used and how many more fires and potential lives are at risk.
 

Be sure to watch this website for additional investigations on the hidden dangers of solar panels, such as lies told about them withstanding 120 mph winds, when there have been reports of them flying through the air with a 60 mph wind. 
 


We will also be investigating hail damage, solar panels catching on fire while in the water, (electricity and water mixture isn't good), solar power plants killing birds including eagles, solar farms burning over 1,000 acres of land at a time, and the tons of toxic chemicals that will be leached into the ground once they are out of service and thrown in trash heaps instead of recycled.

Wednesday 29 January 2020
29 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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Solar Farm Fire that burns 1, 127 acres, was started by a BIRD.

On June 5, 2019 a California Solar Farm that burned 1,127 acres, caught on fire because of a BIRD.


According to a California Fire Battalion Chief, the birds wings touch multiple electrical conductors at the same time and they turn into a “light bulb”.

He also said, “It happens all the time.”

 

The solar farm was partially funded by a $1.24-billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department.


The fire occurred at a solar farm that uses photovoltaic panels, just like the ones on rooftops and some people wonder how safe homes that are located close to solar farms are, when a fire can consume 1,127 acres of land before it can be put out.


We also found out the “National Fire Data Center” keeps statistics on causes of fires however,

fires resulting from Solar Panels are NOT DOCUMENTED. Instead, those fires are classified as “other.”


Are fires that are started by faulty solar panels, being hidden from citizens of the U.S.A. by the press or the government? We know there is an organization in the UK that is documenting the solar panel components that have been proven to cause fires, but have not found any such documentation within the U.S.A. yet. That is a question we are currently investigating.


https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-bird-fire-solar-farm-20190624-story.html


https://rairfoundation.com/thank-socialism-for-california-fires-and-for-burying-the-potential-hazard-of-solar-panels/

Friday 26 March 2021
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Giant Lithium Batteries Literally Ready to Explode On Energy Scene
With the intermittent nature of solar and wind power, the Green Energy Advocates, or Greenies, have been touting the tale that “giant batteries” are what is needed to retain the energy from the daytime peak energy production hours for use during the evening, peak usage hours. Sounds good, right?

These giant batteries would be built using the Lithium technology that Tesla is already using for their electric cars.

It has been reported that there really isn’t a good way to fight a fire caused by an electric car battery explosion an fire. When asked how to extinguish this type fire, one firefighter replied, “...like a Tesla or something? The answer is you can’t. You cordon off the area, and spray a fine mist of water on the fire to try to keep the temperature down until it finishes burning. Takes a few days until it is safe”.

There are reports that the more that a battery is recharged, then depleted, and this cycle continues, the greater the risk that the battery could be a fire hazard. This is believed to be the cause of lithium battery fires in South Korea.

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“Raising serious concerns about the safety of battery storage, investigators into the alarming spate of lithium-ion battery fires in South Korea said one of the primary causes was the practice of using nearly the full charging and discharging battery capacity on a daily basis—a pattern that can roughly correspond with plans by U.S. operators to use storage to shift wind and solar generation to the evening periods of peak demand.” South Korea has had 23 of these battery fires over a year-and-a-half time period.

A global engineering firm investigating these fires confirmed that the constant practice of going from close to zero percent charge to 100 percent charge then back to close to zero percent on a daily basis caused wear and tear on the system that lead to the failures in the battery cells that caused the fires.

We would most probably experience the same results here in America.

Lithium is highly flammable and is the literally the lightest metal. There are only two elements with lower atomic numbers on the periodic table are both gasses. Lithium is so light that it floats on water. That means that it will sit on water and continue to burn.

The fumes from burning Lithium is highly toxic. It can cause death or brain damage that can be compared to dementia. Anyone near this type of fire or in the path of the smoke plume could be in danger. Firefighters near solar panels or these large batteries need specialized training of how to respond and also need the appropriate equipment.

To read more about this frightening situation that the “pro” solar “farms” individuals would promote, click here
To check out a second article, click here
Friday 27 November 2020
27 Nov 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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a fire chief can see one or two solar fires per year, without the news reporting on it. Yet, they admit to having two fires in one month
Most informed individuals within the U.S.A. have discovered just how much vital information is hidden by Newspapers and even the Internet Search Engines, especially if they are trying to protect a certain industry, movement, political candidate or party.

Since the “green energy movement” is so popular with the brainwashed college educated individuals that run these newspapers and global search engines, I always suspected the “absence” of certain types of information, was a result of the “elites” trying to control what type of information “we the people” are allowed to gather and read.

Since the day I started researching solar farms, I always wondered why there was so little information from people that objected to solar or wind farms, anywhere on the Internet or in the local news.

Thanks to building a relationship with many others on social media sites and certain website that allow us “common” people to post comments, I have been able to gather a treasure chest of information. However, there is still one area that seems to be well hidden in this country and that is reports of “fires” involving solar panels.

I have written multiple articles about solar panel components that have be recalled because of being “fire hazards.”

I have also written about “hidden programs” designed to replace hazardous parts “before” they started fires, as well as articles about fires that were admittedly caused by faulty solar panels. But all of that information was discovered due to lawsuits being filed, years after the solar panels had been installed.

So, I am coming to you today with more proof of how the dangers of solar panels are being hidden from you.

While researching a legal document from a lawsuit, I learned the lawsuit stemmed from a fire that took place in Littleton, Massachusetts on May 31, 2016 and involved the burning of 88 solar panels.

“The fire occurred on the roof of a NextSun facility that damaged 88 of the 6,050 panels on one of its arrays, but caused no damage to the 5,742 solar panels in a second array”

Quote from the Lawsuit:
NextSun Energy Littleton, LLC, is a Massachusetts companythat operates solar panel arrays. (Pl. SMF ¶¶ 1-2). JacobLaskin is its registered agent, sole member, and manager.(Def. Statement Concerning Diversity Jurisdiction).NextSun owns and operates two rooftop solar panel arrays at Distribution Circle in Littleton, Massachusetts

After searching via multiple search engines, I found NO news articles reporting on this fire. However, I was able to locate a local newspaper article reporting that, “Local Officials Were Concerned About Solar Fires.”

That article stated that: “Local fire departments fought at least two solar-panel fires in Greater Lowell last month.”

NOTE: Lowell, Massachusetts is 12 to 14 miles from Littleton.

Yet again, I could find NO news reports and/or images taken on the day of either fire. However, the article I found did report:

“It appears that the fire started Friday, May 27, about 5:30 p.m., when eight to 10 solar panels caught fire at 1 Distribution Center Drive, Wodzinski said. There were thunderstorms four days before. The fire extinguished itself at some point, and its damage was discovered Tuesday, May 31. “

So, a fire, on top of a building, was discovered FOUR DAYS after it started.

Now, I have to wonder. If there were two solar panel fires during the month and the local news reports that one of them only involved 10 solar panels and was “found” on May 31, 2016, after being started four days earlier AND the fire involved in the lawsuit that burned 88 solar panels was also on May 31, 2016 and at the same address. Doesn’t that seem a bit strange to anyone else? And who are we to believe, if the news reports 10 panels, but the legal document presented to the Courts states 88 panels.


But it gets better.


Scott Edwards, general manager of the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments, said the solar-panel fire in town was the first he had heard about.

“I get so much literature about solar installation, commercial, industrial,” Edwards said. “I never see anything about possible fires. The one we had here was a real surprise.”

Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said Lowell sees about one or two solar-panel fires per year.
One broke out at General Woodworking on Walker Street on May 13. Electricity can be shut off at the ground level, but the panels always produce electricity if the sun is out. The inverter, where the electricity from solar panels is converted to power a home, can also malfunction and cause a fire.

Winward also said there isn’t much homeowners can do to prevent a solar-panel fire, but having an escape plan and working smoke detectors is always important.

So, we are to gather that a fire chief can see one or two solar fires per year, without the news reporting on it. Yet, they admit to having two fires in one month. Then we also have the number of panels being 10 in the news report and 88 in the court document. So, is this just sloppy news reporting or is it set up to intentionally hide the truth about the dangers of solar panel fires?

Just My Thoughts
Thursday 06 February 2020
06 Feb 2020 Posted by Bruce Boyett Comments: 0 Views: 
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Article from Insurance groups on the hazzards of solar panel fires.

Recently, media outlets from Japan to Norway have raised questions around fire safety and solar panels. Even when fires occur for reasons unrelated to solar panels, these modules can in fact play a role in both the intensity and speed of a spreading blaze.
 

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.
 

These incidents resulted in over a dozen injuries and three fatalities.
 

The report concluded that 38 instances escalated to ‘serious fires’ however only 22 of these were directly caused by the solar panels.
 

Furthermore, 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.
 



All mechanical equipment deteriorates over time, which means there is an increased fire risk in older panels.
 

Digital solutions, both in private smart homes or in industrial scale properties also raise some questions. For example, cyber risks include several barriers that must be protected to ensure that these systems are functioning in a reliable and secure way. When extinguishing systems are dependent on sensor technology, the connection between these systems are key components of the smart home or office.
 

There is a risk that these can be hacked or malfunction due to software errors.
 

In May 2019, the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) released the results of two studies relating to fire safety challenges with solar cells and photovoltaic technology.
 

Some of the most important findings were on the ignition, spread and fighting of fires.
 

These included for example the age and condition of installed solar panels and the possibilities of malfunctioning as a cause of fire.
 

The studies­ include recommendations to minimise the use of combustible materials beneath solar panels to stop the spread of a fire.
 

Also, firefighters need to be equipped with the correct training when battling a fire that involves photovoltaic systems.
 

The report also found that there must be ­adequate distance between the solar ­panels, in order to have access to fight a fire and the obvious issue is with using water to extinguish electrically charged panels.
 

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Tuesday 21 January 2020
21 Jan 2020 Posted by SR Editor Comments: 0 Views: 
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Solar Farm Fire Prevents Fire Fighters Access To Flames

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.

If “energized” solar panels are so high risk that firefighters are told not to get close to them, it raises the question as to just how safe the homes that are located close to solar farms are?

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