MILLBURN, NJ - State law now requires all installations of solar panels or solar photovoltaic systems to be registered with the local fire department. The law also requires that the local fire chief keep information on file about these systems to be used by firefighters in the event they respond to a fire or electrical emergency in a structure with such a system.
The department is still figuring out how many structures in the Township have solar panels.
“This is brand new,” said Edward H. Wade III, the Battalion Chief of the Millburn Fire Department. “We have to backtrack, as there are systems that were installed prior to this requirement taking effect.”
Wade said that New Jersey is second only to California in the number of solar panel systems installed in the country and that the number of these systems in the state and in Millburn Township continues to increase rapidly.
According to Millburn Fire Marshal Captain Thomas Pizzano, the information required under the law includes: the address of the structure or property on which the system is installed and the name and contact information of the occupants of the property (and the name and contact information of the owner of the structure or property the system is installed on if it is different than the occupant); as well as the address, name and contact information of the owners of any adjacent structures the system serves.
“Other information required includes the year the system was installed, the total number of system arrays, the total number of solar panels and the location of the system disconnects. The name, address and contact information of the installer or company responsible for servicing and maintaining the system is also needed,” said a release from Pizzano.
There is no fee to register a solar photovoltaic system. The information being collected will also be used to educate local firefighters as to the location of these systems in the community as a part of their “pre-plan program,” which allows firefighters to gain knowledge of the hazards and challenges and safety concerns to their operations.
For further information or to register a solar photovoltaic system contact Captain Tom Pizzano at Millburn Fire Department, 973-564-7041 or e-mail Captain Pizzano at firstname.lastname@example.org.