Authorities in California and Nevada have seized equipment for solar power projects in the wake of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.
A total of 17 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement Tuesday.
The state of California is among those that have confirmed cases.
The number of confirmed cases in the Golden State rose to 9.5, up from 8.4 the day before, the CDC said.
The California Department of Public Health said the equipment was purchased from a company called Fostech Solar, which has been in business for about 10 years.
The company’s website lists several locations, including one in San Bernardino, California.
The company does not have a website for Nevada, but the company’s Facebook page says it was registered in Nevada in 2014.
Fostech has been a leader in the use of solar panels to power the power grid, but its business is expanding into solar power in China.
The U.S. Energy Department has warned that solar power plants could become a “national security risk” and that it could pose a “public health threat.”
“Solar panels are being installed in many of the largest buildings in the U.K., France, Germany, Germany and many other countries,” the DOE said in its August report.
“The DOE has received reports of people suffering from Legionnaires Disease after solar power installations in the UK.”
Fostek Solar has been working with the U