Panel Recall – Open Energy

SOLAR PANELS

DETAILS: Open Energy 34 watt (OE-34) Solar Panel energy systems sold under the brand name Open Energy SolarSave Roofing Tiles. SolarSave panels replace conventional roof tiles and provide solar power to the building. This recall involves all brown, terracotta and gray OE-34 SolarSave roof tiles installed on new homes sold by Centex Homes.

WHY: The panels pose a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Two incidents in which roof fires originated in or near the recalled roof panels have been reported. These incidents involve homes sold by Centex. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 240 homes.

FOR MORE: Visit http://www.Centex.com , send email to NorCalSolar@Centex.com, or send a fax to 800-917-2201.

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Another Fire?

Can system monitoring alert an owner or a Solar Power Maintenance Contractor to a rooftop fire? It may not be an option that an owner willing to pay for but it should be the installers obligation to have one installed to protect themselves and the property. In the event that a system malfunctioned, for whatever reason, or became an obstruction to fighting a fire,  the installer could provide personnel to assist local fire officials in their attempts to navigating the array while putting out the fire.