Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thieves steal Pacifica school's solar panels

Thursday, April 22, 2010

(04-22) 15:48 PDT PACIFICA-- Students at Oceana High School in Pacifica had an unfortunate math exercise to consider on Earth Day.

How long does it take to steal 108 solar panels from the school's rooftop, and how much will they bring on the black market?

First answer: The police don't know. Second: at least 50 cents on the dollar.

Police said Thursday that sometime between March 24 and April 5, thieves made off with $43,740 worth of just-installed solar panels from the school on Paloma Avenue, a block east of Highway 1. At 25 pounds per panel, it was no smash-and-dash job.


Sunny said...

What a waste of money just to make some enviros feel good. Next time, how about spending school money on, uh, books?

Steve Sinai said...

Channel 5 did a report on this and said the loss was covered by insurance.

Anonymous said...

Dismantling those and carting them off must have taken quite some time and effort.

Those panels can be sold on the used market for some serious money, so I'd hope police would be keeping an eye on eBay and Craigslist.