Submitted by Frank.B.Smith on Sun, 2016-10-30 07:53
In my area, the wiring for solar must be run in metal conduit on the exterior of the roof so that firefighters can avoid cutting energized wiring. The roof surface cannot be completely be covered by solar panels either to allow firefighters access to fight attic fires. In attached homes, three feet of roof on either edge cannot contain solar panels. As beautiful as the Solar Roof is how would a firefighter know which tiles were energized and which ones were dummy tiles when cutting through the roof? How would they even know the house has a Solar Roof at all since it looks no different than a standard roof.
Since each county, and in some cases each building inspector, determines what is allowed and what is not, I see a lot of debate between Solar Roof installers and the local building inspectors.