By District Attorney Summer Stephan
Deciding to install solar panels is an important financial decision. If done improperly, the installation can damage your home leading to costly repairs. Many solar contractors are honest and reliable, but not always. Inevitably there are cheaters working the system and preying upon the unsuspecting. Sometimes they are rogue contractors, but mostly they are unlicensed fraudsters who cut corners or skip town with your money.
When considering solar, here’s how to prevent getting scammed:
Chose the Right Contractor for Your Job
Know your rights
You have rights during the sales process, which are meant to protect you from unscrupulous contractors.
Understand Your Options
Before you sign a contract, make sure you understand the type of solar installation you are getting, how your solar panels are being financed and what the overall cost will be. Be wary of any salesperson who says solar energy is free, government subsidized or that you will never pay an electricity bill again.
The most common types of solar financing options are:
Compare the different financing options and conduct your own research on the benefits and consequences of each before entering a contract. If you think you may want to sell or refinance your home later, be sure to understand how the options above could impact your ability to do so.
If you believe you have been scammed by a contractor, file a complaint with the Contractors State License Board.
As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and the public. I hope these consumer and public safety tips have been helpful. The DA’s Consumer Protection Unit is made up of Deputy District Attorneys, Investigators and Paralegals dedicated to protecting consumers and law abiding businesses from fraudulent or unfair business practices. To report a consumer complaint, you can call (619) 531-3507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/5/2021 06:21:41 am
I was so anxiuos to know what my wife was always doing late outside the house so i started contacting investigators and was scamed severly until i almost gave up then i contacted this one private investigator and he delivered a good job showing evidences i needed from the apps on his phone like whatsapp,facebook,instagram and others and i went ahead to file my divorce papers with the evidences i got,He also went ahead to get me back some of my lost money i sent to those other fake investigators,every dollar i spent on these jobs was worth it.Contact him so he also help you.
12/10/2021 08:48:32 am
Solar energy is the technology used to harness the sun's energy and make it useable. Thank you for the beautiful post!
12/14/2021 06:52:04 pm
I like your tip about purchasing panels on loans. I need to get a couple of panels installed. I'll have to hire someone for installation.
12/24/2021 02:12:05 am
Solar panels convert the sun's energy to electricity, solar panels save our money as well as our environment, we have to suck the right solar panel company.They're sometimes rogue contractor that cut shortcuts or disappear with your money.
1/1/2022 09:56:39 am
Many solar contractors are honest and reliable, but not always. Inevitably there are cheaters working the system and preying upon the unsuspecting. I’m so thankful for your helpful post!
5/20/2022 09:04:24 am
Be wary of any salesperson who says solar energy is free, government subsidized or that you will never pay an electricity bill again. Thank you for taking the time to write a great post!
Comments are closed.