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In December 2010, CCAT lent their Mobile Energy Operations Wagon [ (MEOW) V1] to a local eco-hostel. While away from the CCAT house, the MEOW V1 was not properly locked and stowed at night and the 720 W photovoltaic (PV) trailer was subsequently stolen and vandalized. Some days after the burglary, CCAT received a call from the local police who said they had found the MEOW V1 abandoned on the side of a nearby highway. It turns out that the vandals had broken the hitch lock, attached the trailer to their own vehicle, and drove it miles away where they could remove all the components of value (i.e. the 720 W array, batteries, charge controller, and inverter) in a less conspicuous area. After the vandals stripped the trailer of all high-value components, they covered the trailer with a patchy coat of black spray paint to make it seem as though the trailer had been deserted by its owner (Fig 1) [[File:Hideous MEOW.jpg|thumb|Fig 1: The MEOW V1 returned to CCAT's drive after system theft]]. The MEOW V1 had been one of CCAT's most effective tools used to disseminate knowledge of renewable energy and appropriate technology to students and community members. The theft of the MEOW V1 was a disappointing, but not a devastating blow to the employees and volunteers of CCAT. It took nearly 18 months of hard work spent designing, fund raising, building, and repairing, but the CCAT house was finally able to get their beloved MEOW purring again. So was born, the MEOW V2.


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