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Residents Seek Backup Power as Storms, Fires Cause Blackouts

NEW YORK — Climate change has led to deadlier wildfire seasons in the American West and more severe hurricanes and storms barreling up the Southern and Eastern coasts. The dramatic weather frequently knocks out power, leading some residents of storm-ridden …

Solar Panels May Be Tested by Dorian’s Winds

Hurricane Dorian could be a rigorous test for the thousands of solar panels installed across Florida in recent years. The Sunshine State ranks fifth in solar capacity in the U.S., with about 380,000 homes powered by panels, according to the …

More Tesla Solar Panel Claims Surface; 2 Home Insurers Allege Negligence

One evening last year, David Burek noticed charred wood and a burning smell in his attic, near his young sons’ bedroom. He climbed a ladder and saw a melted connector wire from the solar panels installed on the roof of …

Amazon Joins Walmart in Blaming Tesla Solar Panels for Fires

Walmart Inc. isn’t the only corporation that has seen its Tesla Inc. solar panels catch fire. On Friday, Amazon.com Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar system …

Walmart’s Fire Suit May ‘Spook’ Solar Customers Tesla Wants

Walmart Inc.’s lawsuit against Tesla Inc. over fires at more than a half-dozen stores threatens to undermine the automaker’s latest bid to reboot its struggling solar unit. In the complaint Tuesday, the retailer said it had leased or licensed roof …

The Potential Liabilities and Insurance Coverage Implications of Solar Panels

Solar panels are quickly becoming a fixture in our everyday lives. Whether driving down a country road or the busiest highway, you will see solar panels dotting the roofs of commercial buildings and residential homes alike. Comprised of photovoltaic cells, …