Solar panel theft is on the rise, up 17 percent annually from 2002-2009. As the benefits of solar energy become more widely known, theft of solar panels, or at least attempted theft, will undoubtedly rise.
Solar energy is revolutionizing the current energy market and making a comeback for the environment. Your investment in solar panels is not only paving the way for a greener future but also saving you money on rising energy bills. Solar panels have now become the new hot commodity to own. Unfortunately, this has given rise to a new type of thievery- solar panel theft.
Like any other material item that comes with a price tag, solar panels can (and do) get stolen. With reports of solar panel theft coming out of countries as far away as South Africa, Australia or Britain, it’s not a phenomenon particular to California, which has seen solar panels filched from buildings ranging from public schools to wineries and seems to be the main source of solar crime in the U.S. While solar theft is still new enough that statistics for it aren’t readily available, it has become enough of a concern to owners and law enforcement officials that several companies have developed various security measures to keep them locked down on the roof where they belong.