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Friday Focus: Can #solar thwart the thieves? | PV-Tech #Energiewende

Claims resulting from PV theft have risen year on year in proportion to overall installed solar capacity in the US. Source: SEIA/SolarInsure. Blogger Fergus March News and law enforcement agencies in the US, Germany, UK and Australia are all reporting huge increases in the unlawful removal of PV equipment from solar plants. With a year-on-year rise of up to 20% in some countries, theft of solar panels and other hardware has become a serious problem. In just the past few weeks, A$30,000 (US$28,490) worth of solar equipment was stolen from a plant in Western Australia, while 130 panels were stolen from a solar farm just outside Berlin. In the US, an estimated US$8.5 million of losses from solar theft have been reported in the last two years from school districts in California alone. The problem is also rife in the UK, where £100,000 (US$155,600) worth of panels was stolen re...

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