The educational observatory in Chico, California was the city's first all-solar building. And now, hardly more than a week after the police arrested a suspect in the case of the theft of solar panels off a Chico elementary school, the observatory might have to shut down its solar operations due to the theft of three of its roof-mounted panels. The director of the Chico Community Observatory said the facility will stay open to host a couple of field trips this week, but after that, it will have to close until the solar panels have been replaced. He noted that
Last month, over 40 solar panels that had been installed on the roof of a California school went missing. Proving once and for all that they hadn't just blown off in a freak mini-tornado or something, the panels were discovered this week in a storage locker, home to a variety of stolen goods. Only 17 of the 46 panels were recovered, unfortunately; so it seems likely that some roof, somewhere, is producing black-market clean energy.