Snow Collapses Three Large Solar Panels at Bryant School

No one injured but 10 cars trapped beneath fallen panels.

Three large solar panels fall outside Bryant School Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Teaneck Police Department)
Three large solar panels fall outside Bryant School Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Teaneck Police Department)
No one was injured when the weight of heavy snow collapsed three large solar panels Saturday night at Bryant School, Teaneck Police said.

Eight pillars that support the panels on the south side of the school collapsed at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. George Molina said. The pillars were bolted into cement blocks, but the snow's weight ripped the bolts from the blocks, Molina said.

There were 10 cars that were trapped but did not appeared to be damaged beneath the fallen panels, Molina said.
Remy Chevalier February 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Solar panels collapse under snow because of flimsy construction, let's keep Indian Point open!!!
jackie miller February 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM
This is scary ...Children at Thomas Jefferson and Hawthorne schools walk under these panels.....WE NEED TO HAVE ALL THE PANELS INSPECTED RIGHT AWAY....
Mike February 16, 2014 at 02:27 PM
I ain't never seen a nucular or coal power plant buckle under snow, wind, etc. I'm just sayin'...
Art Vatsky February 16, 2014 at 02:43 PM
This is unfortunate but that is what engineering is all about - to make things work without being wasteful. The solar panel operators will use bigger or more bolts (more bolts to get more volts). The design changes will get incorporated in existing future installations. Of course. all the Teaneck PV installations must be inspected and updated ASAP>
Jeffrey DelVecchio February 16, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Mike, ever hear of Chernobyl or Three Mile Island? Just saying.
Keith Kaplan February 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Thankfully no one was hurt or killed. Meanwhile, who pays the costs of replacing these panels? Is it insured against acts of God, like snow and ice? What were the projected energy savings for these panels vs the costs associated with their replacement?
Art Vatsky February 17, 2014 at 04:43 AM
Keith: Because of the business arrangement the TBoE took with the PV provider, they pay and do it all. They make money when the panels are up and they have to preserve their reputation in order to grow their business. They don't have captive funders (aka taxpayers) to finance repeated mistakes. Of course, taxpayers can choose new elected leaders when they get fed up and if they have the courage. I think the TBoE gets about $100,000 a year from the panels.
Michael J. Klatsky February 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Did you forget that Bergen Generating Station was flooded during Sandy?
Pam Foti February 17, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Art: You're such an Expert on Everything. Why don't you save us all lots of money by volunteering to be the town manager? First, with no salary you would save us money, and second, all of your vast knowledge wouldn't go to waste, it could run the town better and finally, council meetings would be much shorter since you wouldn't be complaining since you're running the town.
Mike February 17, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Thanks, Obama!
John Santaella February 18, 2014 at 01:35 AM
Pam, do you suffer from seasonal affective disorder? Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and see more snow? Is your depression acting up again? Ask your doctor if Abilify is good for you.
Diane Schwarz February 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM
On the other hand, if Art WOULD take the job, we might get someone who knows what they're doing and doesn't owe anyone anything!
Richard D. Grant February 18, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Mike, 2/13/2013 news: "A roof at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has collapsed under the weight of snow. There are no immediate radiation concerns. The Emergencies Ministry said “there were no safety breaches” and no one was injured when the roof of an engine room caved in. The accident affected an area covering 600 square metres close to the concrete sarcophagus that seals the reactor from the outside world." http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/13/roof-collapses-at-chernobyl-nuclear-power-plant/. I google before I post. My goal is to be an Expert in Everything.
John Santaella February 18, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Careful what you say Richard or Pam will volunteer you to be Town Manager.
Tom Turcich February 18, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Mike the nuke plants just melt and coal is good for our lungs Ok some dummy messed up on under engineering the foundation, so we should quit using solar? Oh and please thank George Bush (1 good thing) and not Obama for starting the solar revolution in this country! It was his the tax credits that made it all start to work.
zizi February 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM
If Art becomes the town manager... Teaneck will have the best garage for repairing the town vehicles... and bus shelters.....The unions will have ever more generous contracts.... and more lawsuits..... off course... Teaneck is a joke of a town..... All things end up with costing tax payers more money in one form or another.....
John Santaella February 20, 2014 at 05:48 AM
So Teaneck will have the best garage for repairing town vehicles?...hmm. And what is wrong with striving for excellence? Bus shelters I understand are put up by NJ Transit. You've a strange way of saving money.
Pam Foti February 20, 2014 at 06:28 PM
John: talk is cheap. Hindsight and Monday morning quarterback comments are a dime a dozen. Art THINKS he knows better, and has some people convinced of it. BUT what town/municipal experience does he have ? How many municipal positions has he worked ? How many years has he served on the council, or planning board ? I was taught that if you're not prepared to actually DO something about a problem, you have no right to complain. So I repeat--Art (or you) should volunteer to serve a year as the manager and if you can make the town significantly better in a year and reduce resident complaints, you should get an instant job offer !!!
John Santaella February 20, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Our Town Manager does not provide minutes or any other needed information as 1: required by law and 2: as asked, and he promises to the Council. Do you defend this? He does not live in Teaneck but 60 miles away and is provided with a car by the Township. As far as that is concerned I do hope the town is providing the IRS with that information as well as the value of the perk he is receiving. I guess waiting for a town meeting and seeing another incident of his not being prepared is 'Monday morning quaterbacking" I don't know; I'll defer to you on that.
jackie miller February 20, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Another set of solar panels fell today at BF Middle School!!
zizi February 20, 2014 at 09:53 PM
I am just waiting to learn about how this will end up costing tax payers money....... may be a lawsuit..... damages to the property..... maybe injury.... I hope not....
Bill Partsch February 21, 2014 at 05:03 AM
Yeah, Mike, coal and nuclear haven't caused any hazards to the public. If coal power plants were the safest-run places on earth, that still wouldn't make up for all the carbon dioxide and mercury they send into the air. (Even if you're too logic-impaired to comprehend man-made climate change, the whole mercury-poisoning detail is kinda important.) As for acts of God and nuclear plants: Ever hear of a little place called Fukushima?


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