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Do you know what Photovoltaic (PV) is?               

What are the safety hazards with PV?


What  tactics should be used at fires with PV present?


How do I secure utilities on a PV system?

If you are not able to answer these questions, then hopefully this post can give you the sources to gain the knowledge to this modern fire ground hazard.

Photovoltaic (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.

The U.S. solar market had its second largest quarter in history. The industry installed 832 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity, up 15% over deployment levels in Q1 2013. The utility PV market drove much of the growth in Q2 2013 with over 450 MW of projects commissioned in the quarter. The overall solar electric market remains on pace for another record year, with 4,400 MW of PV and over 900 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) projected to come online in 2013.

This growth increases the potential of your fire department responding to a building with PV, irrespective of the PV being involved with the initiation of the fire event.

3 basic types of PV - click here to continue reading.