Boston Fire Department attributes blaze to rooftop solar panel

Boston Fire Department attributes blaze to rooftop solar panel

Who doesn’t love solar panels? Maybe you even took the advice of the U.S. Department of Energy and dressed up as a solar panel thisHalloween.

President Obama is certainly a fan. In July, he announced a plan to triple his administration’s goal for installing renewable energy for low- and moderate-income housing. It would be a win-win; the plan would create jobs for solar panel manufacturers and installers, and the poor would enjoy cheap electricity.

Candidate Bernie Sanders jumped on board too, saying he’d create a fund that would help makesolar panels available to low-income families, woman- or minority-owned small businesses, Indian tribal lands, the Appalachia region and Alaskan native communities.

Before installing all of those solar panels on low-income housing,a second look into their safety might be in order. The Boston Fire Department tweeted yesterday that a malfunctioning solar panel started a fire on the roof of a five-story building.

That’s a lot of money for clean, cheap power.

Again, why a solar panel malfunctionedmight be worth looking into before this president or the next spends billionsoutfitting tightly spaced low-incomeapartments with similar technology.

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