Solar / Photovoltaic panel fires

FOI Number: FOI23086

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Published on 28 July 2023

Ref: FOI/23086

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could you please supply me with the number of fires that have been attended relating to solar / photovoltaic panels from 2010 to date. I’d be grateful if you could break this down by year.
If you don’t have a specific recording category for these, a free text search would be much appreciated.

Reply

Please see data below

YearCount of incidents
<20150
20151
20172
20182
20201
20212
20221
2023 (Jan – Today)1
Grand Total10

It is important to note that :

  • data was filtered using the ‘source_of_ignition’ column, meaning that fires not starting from a solar panel would be excluded.
  • figures for this financial year may be subject to change as workbooks are completed.

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