People break into houses and steal TVs and stuff all the time, but evidently the instances of people climbing onto roofs and stealing solar arrays is on the rise. I guess it makes sense, valuable pieces of equipment that are in high demand seem like they'd attract thieves, but seriously....HOW THE HECK DO YOU STEAL AN ENTIRE $70,000 SOLAR ARRAY AND NO ONE NOTICE?
It takes a solid day for a team of installers to put it up, I'm frankly impressed that people can take it down in a night. Although it is possible that they are just taking a panel or two.
Bike thefts have spiked lately on my campus, maybe that is related to rising gas prices? I wonder if carjackers are also feeling the pinch at the pump and are targeting more fuel efficient models. At any rate energy efficiency and clean energy is gaining popularity as energy prices are rising across the board so it makes sense that they are gaining the attention of robbers.
So when you get your solar array, remember to lock it down tight so people don't steal it....
That really puts a new spin on the idea that solar panels are hot.