The citizens of Tytsjerksteradiel – a province of Friesland in the Netherlands, have found pieces of solar panels and right away, they immediately began warning the farmers not to let the animals eat such pieces.
The citizens further reported that a big fire has happened on May 20 near a warehouse.
Since then, the municipality had received more than 73 notices from concerned residents because they were panicking after finding the pieces near their houses.
The town’s authorities said that ”thin, sharp parts of solar panels, which were on the roof of the warehouse, were released during the fire. These particles have spread in an area of several kilometers around Noardburgum.”
That is why, the authorities also warned the farmers about the pieces having potential hazard, especially to the animals. ”We, therefore, advise livestock farmers to bring their livestock indoors. You can throw particles away in the container yourself. Grass contaminated with particles from solar panels is not suitable as feed for livestock.” they said.
The residents were quick to start an initiative in order to clean up the solar pieces from farmland.
However, the authorities stated that the farmers and other residents should only rely on the authorized companies that can clean such fragmented solars because they can be dangerous. ”We understand that people want to help and we appreciate that but we ask everyone not to go into the fields to clean them up.”
An expert in the field of fire incidents Urs Muntwyler, mentioned that the particles which were found by the residents are very similar to the ones that he found after a fire happened at a PV system in Switzerland.
The fire incident was also made public on YouTube by the channel of local media outlet Noorden Nieuws.