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Leek businesswoman Katie Bailey launches PV Off

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Katie Bailey, of PV OFF.

  • Katie Bailey, of PV OFF.

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A Leek businesswoman has helped to set up a company selling a product that stops solar panels becoming a danger in a fire.

Katie Bailey, who lives in Buxton Road, Leek, is the managing director of PV OFF, a new company in Congleton.

It is marketing a spray that stops photovoltaic (PV) panels producing electricity.

She said: "Many people and business owners are having solar panels installed on their roofs.

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"But what the majority of people are not aware of is that these panels are always live in daylight, and cannot be turned off even if you have isolator switches installed.

"Should a fire start at a property with PV panels installed on the roof, it totally affects how the fire fighters can carry out their job because the panels are always live and could possibly cause electrocution.

"PV OFF is a fire retardant spray which covers the panels, stopping the daylight activating the cells in the panels from producing electricity."

Katie added: "PV OFF is essential for anybody with PV Panels on their roof, either for residential home owners or large commercial businesses.

"We will be giving demonstrations to local fire departments to show them how PV OFF could save properties or even loss of life."

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