Solar electric power has officially “arrived.”

Electical solar power at the individual homeowner level is no longer the exclusive realm of the uber-ecowarrior or the Heinlein inspired individualist determined to live “off the grid.”

It’s mainstream now.  The concrete proof of this has arrived.  Solar Power Panel Rustlers!

Police departments in California — the biggest market for solar power, with more than 33,000 installations — are seeing a rash of such burglaries, though nobody compiles overall statistics.

Investigators do not believe the thieves are acting out of concern for their carbon footprints.

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3 Responses

  1. It has nothing to do with being “mainstream” and more to do with the high retail price of such panels – 200+ watt panels are over a thousand dollars. Thieves are realizing that everything has value – this week, a guy had all his Koi stolen out of his backyard pond. Estimated value? 10,000 dollars.

  2. Point. It also points out that there is a resale market large enough to make it worth the time of the thieves. That’s true for the panels and the Koi too.

  3. I call it the “Ebay Effect” – skels are realizing that there’s a market for just about anything. Case in point: The counterfeiting of batteries and razorblades.

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