Renewable energy systems, especially solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, are here to stay. As such, the fire investigation community must adapt to this technology, similar to what had to be done with hybrid electric vehicles, with regards to both fire suppression and cause and origin investigative techniques.
As part of the investigator's “toolbox,” a fire investigator should be familiar with the solar PV installations within their jurisdiction. From here, a property list can be compiled and an investigative pre-plan can be developed. This list should include a “special call’ list of technical advisers as well.