WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY, 2013 |
Solar Scammers Arrested
The arrest last week of a "pastor" and his wife who allegedly duped hundreds of
people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively in a scam involving
solar panels provides a reminder to solar shoppers to carry out due diligence
before forking out for a solar power system.
According to a Brisbane
, the pair came to the attention of the Queensland Fraud Squad after more than 150 complaints were made
in relation to their company in 2011. The two are due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on February 19.
Fraud and other issues relating to solar power systems are still unfortunately
too common. While many solar cowboys and fly-by-nighters have fled the industry,
article states 1,613 complaints were lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
in 2012, up from 1,229 the year before.
As not all solar
panels are created equal
, or for that matter solar
, the number of complaints may continue to rise as cheap and
cheerful solar components start failing under Australia's often harsh conditions
and consumers find the company they purchased them from unhelpful - or now
Price isn't always an indicator of quality however, and aside from the solar
panels and inverters themselves, installation
can play a major role in not only the performance of a system;
but its durability and very importantly, safety. Also often glossed over is the
quality of the mounting system. Considering it's what keeps the solar panels
attached to the roof; it probably deserves more attention when making a purchase
National solar solutions provider Energy Matters offers a plain-English 23-page Solar Power Consumer Guide
as a free download to
not only help demystify solar power for those considering going solar, but to
also assist consumers in avoiding some of the common pitfalls, tricks and traps
when buying a system.
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