A BUSINESSMAN is offering a £25,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of £100,000 worth of solar panels stolen from his South Yorkshire firm.
John Glasby, who runs JP Glasby Ltd, an electrical engineering company and solar panel installer, on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate in Rotherham had 304 panels stolen by thieves.
They broke into a unit he was using as temporary storage after a surge in orders.
John had bought hundreds of extra panels because homeowners are keen to get them installed before December 12 when the money they will receive for each unit of electricity they put into the National Grid drops from 43p to 21p for the next 25 years.
John said the panels are worthless to the thieves because they must be professionally installed and homeowners need an official certificate to qualify for energy payments.
“Once the deadline date for the new rate of payments was announced solar panels all over the country got bought up with customers keen to have them installed in time,” he said.
“I have managed to get more panels and all my customers will get theirs installed when we said they would but now we are travelling to pick them up on a daily basis rather than storing them here.
“Somebody somewhere must know where these panels are being stored and if they tell us and we recover the stock they will get £25,000 – that’s more than the thieves who stole them will get because people won’t buy them when they know they need a certificate to be able to qualify for the Feed In Tariff.”
The gang was captured on CCTV making four trips to and from the storage unit using a white LDV Maxus van.
n Call police on 101 quoting incident number 139 of Monday, November 21.