Solar Panels still being stolen...
From a small town on the coast just below San Francisco:
-BillA plan to cut energy costs at Oceana High School was less than two months from going online. Workers had already attached 108 cells, worth about $43,700, to the roof of the building. And officials from the Jefferson Union High School District were looking forward to a little budget relief.
But sometime in the past month thieves got onto the roof, unhooked the cells and carried them off. So now the district has to start all over again.
A lucrative black market that would readily absorb the panels won't make finding them any easier. Stealing solar panels has become a growth industry in California as the installation of the green-energy producers has exploded, said Marc Feyh, a manager at Santa Rosa-based GridLock Solar Security.
Thieves have been particularly active in Napa and Sonoma counties, Feyh said. But since few of the crooks have been caught, it's not clear where the panels are ending up. Police and solar industry professionals think it's possible they're being purchased at cut-rate prices by unscrupulous contractors who then install them, Feyh said. The thefts are a big problem for wineries, municipalities and, of course, schools, he said.
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