As the demand for solar energy continues to grow, so does the number of people trying to capitalize on it. Unfortunately, this includes some unscrupulous individuals posing as solar installation companies to scam homeowners. While it’s essential to be aware of these scams, it’s also crucial to recognize the “good guys” in the industry, like Solar Works Energy, and learn how to protect yourself. In this post we will give you the tools you need to make sure you don’t fall for scams, and learn how to identify reputable solar companies.
The Issue with Door-to-Door Solar Scammers
Recently, in Lansing Michigan, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) issued a warning about door-to-door solar scams, where imposters falsely claimed to be official BWL contractors selling solar panels. These scammers went to great lengths to appear legitimate, wearing BWL logos on vests and carrying fake BWL badges.
These situations can be disheartening and undermine the efforts of reputable solar companies like Solar Works Energy. However, homeowners can protect themselves by knowing how to identify genuine solar providers.
How to Identify Reputable Solar Companies and Protect Yourself
- Research the company: Before committing to a solar installation, take the time to research the company online. Check their website, read customer reviews, and verify their credentials with professional organizations like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
- Ask for credentials: Genuine solar companies will have proper licensing and certifications, and their representatives should be able to provide this information upon request. Don’t hesitate to ask for proof of their credentials and verify them independently.
- Check for affiliations: Reputable solar companies like Solar Works Energy may have affiliations with local utilities, manufacturers, or other industry organizations. Check with these organizations to confirm the solar company’s affiliation and ensure they are legitimate.
- Be cautious about upfront payments: While some solar companies may require a deposit, be wary of those asking for full payment upfront or pushing you to make a quick decision. Reputable companies will be transparent about their payment terms and give you time to make an informed decision.
- Be mindful of sales tactics: Reputable solar companies like Solar Works Energy aim to provide all the information necessary for customers to make an informed decision during their interaction. If you ever feel uncomfortable or unclear about any part of the process, don’t hesitate to ask questions or request more information.
- Report suspicious activity: If you encounter a potential solar scam, report the incident to your local utility company, law enforcement, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
While it’s unfortunate that solar scams exist, homeowners can protect themselves by following these steps and working with reputable solar companies like Solar Works Energy. As a NABCEP Certified installer, Solar Works Energy adheres to the highest industry standards for solar installation professionals. This certification ensures that our team possesses the necessary skills, knowledge, and expertise to deliver top-quality solar installations. We are here to help make sure you don’t fall for scams, and learn how to identify reputable solar companies.
In addition to being NABCEP Certified, Solar Works Energy is a licensed, insured, and bonded contractor. We are also proud to be a Panasonic Elite Installer, having won Panasonic’s award for Residential Contractor of the Year for the Southwest region in 2020, 2021, and 2022, as well as the Fastest Growing Contractor in the Southwest in 2019. These accolades demonstrate our commitment to excellence in the solar industry.
By being vigilant and informed, you can enjoy the benefits of solar energy while avoiding the pitfalls of scams. Trust in Solar Works Energy’s expertise and reputation to ensure a positive solar experience for your home.