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Although solar energy is advertised as a clean energy, it can be a dirty business. Thousands of consumers have been taken advantage of by dishonest solar panel salesmen who trick them into signing unfair and illegal leases and contracts.   The sales pitch is always similar – “Here are free or low cost solar panels that we will install on your roof, and all you need to do is sign and your energy bills will decrease and you may even be able to sell energy back to the power companies.”

Eventually customers get sick of these contracts and want to cancel their solar contract.

However, there is a lot more to solar panel installations and solar panel contracts that the sweet sales pitch. There are thousands of complaints of solar panel contract schemes, scams and fraud that leave consumers wanting to sue the solar panel company to get out of deceptive and unfair contracts, and to avoid large financial problems. Some of the largest solar companies that  have been accused of wrongdoing are Vivint Solar, SunRun, Solara, Solar City and Solar Mosaic.

The law firm of Whitney, LLP represents home owners whose signatures were forged on solar contracts, and those who want to get out of the solar contract.

We offer Free Consultations. Call us at 410 583 8000.

We represent homeowners across Maryland, including in Baltimore, Pasadena, Cockeysville, Owings Mills, Temple Hills, Marlow Heights, Cockeysville, Germantown, Silver Spring, Frederick, Waldorf, Glen Burnie, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Ellicott City and Salisbury. We may also represent clients in select other states depending on the claims.

How Do I Cancel the Solar Contract

After signing a solar contract that eventually fails to deliver as promised, many solar customer ask How Do I Cancel the Solar Contract?  

A material breach of a contract allows the non-breaching party to cancel the contract.  Unhappy solar customers can use a material breach by the solar company, such as Vivint, SunRun or Solara, to get out of their contract.

Solar Contract Breach of Contract

Solar contracts are often long, and there are obligations that the solar company has agreed to provide as part of the contract.

These obligations often include:

  1. allowing the customer to remove panels for certain reasons at a certain cost,
  2. performing regular and necessary maintenance on the panels,
  3. repairing panels as necessary,
  4. protecting panels from squirrels and rodents,
  5. allowing the transfer of panels to a new owner of the same house,
  6. allowing the panels to be transferred to a customer’s new home,
  7. agreeing to take certain action with certain time frames, and
  8. all other terms and agreements that the solar company promised to do.

When a solar company breaches the contract and fails to perform as promised, the customer may be able to make a legal argument to get out of the solar contract.

Whitney, LLP has represented clients in claims against solar companies including:

  1. solar company refuses to allow transfer of panels to new home,
  2. failing to remove panels in the contractual period of time,
  3. failing to schedule panel removal to allow for the installation of a new roof,
  4. squirrels and rodents chewing the roof under the solar panels, with no preventative action taken,
  5. solar company forges the signature of the homeowner, and more.

 

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Solar Company Ran My Credit Without Permission

Many home owners have discovered that after a solar salesman came to their house, a hard inquiry was made on their credit without permission.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act protects consumers against unlawful credit checks, which can cause a consumer’s credit score to drop.

A solar company salesman is not allowed to run a homeowner’s credit without permission. Some salesmen will trick customers into E-signing a tablet or iPad and claim that a signature is needed simply to allow them to begin a discussion about solar, to perform a roof inspection, or some other pretext.  However, the salesman may be lying, and is using the E-Signature to run a credit check or bind the homeowner to a contract.

If your credit was run without permission by a solar panel company, or you did not knowingly sign a contract, you have rights and can take action to have the inquiry removed, cancel the contract and recover compensation.

Solar Panel Company Contract Fraud and Tricks

Solar energy salesman have been accused by many homeowners of using fraud and forgery to trick homeowners into signing contracts. E-signatures on a tablet are often used to conduct the fraud, due to it being very easy for the salesman to misrepresent the document that is actually being signed.  It is also difficult for consumers to read the full document of what the are being asked to sign.

Solar panel companies have used fraud to deceive home owners into signing contracts while pretending the signature was going to be used for some other purpose, such as authorizing a roof inspection or permission to provide an estimate. However, the homeowner then begins to get letters in the mail notifying them that a contract was entered into, payments are due, or some other negative impact is happening or is about to happen.

Solar energy companies have also been accused of tricking customers into signing long term contracts that may cause the customer to lose their home if payments are not made on a strict timetable.

Whitney, LLP’s solar panel energy fraud lawyers help solar customers fight back against fraud and deceptive practices.

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Forged Solar Contracts

When a home owner receives a copy of a contract for solar panel installation that they did not sign, but a signature and initials are listed by their name, it is due to forgery. Solar panel and solar energy salesman have been accused of forgery in numerous complaints and lawsuits across the United States.  Forged solar contracts are not enforceable. 

Legal Claims for Forged Solar Contracts

If a solar salesman forged a customer signature on the solar contract, the customer now has many legal options.

When a solar contract is forged, the customer can file a lawsuit and seek to:

  1. Cancel the contract;
  2. recover for economic damages;
  3. recover for emotional distress;
  4. recover punitive damages, and
  5. bring criminal charges.

For example, in South Carolina, a woman selling solar panels was charged with forgery over $10,000. Read about the case here.

Common Solar Energy Complaints

Here are some of the most common solar panel complaints from consumers:

  1. The solar salesman said I would save money, but my monthly utility bill went up. It is no secret that salesman lie to consumers, but this is such a common complaint and goes against one of the mainstay solar claims, which is that going solar will save money on a monthly basis;
  2. There is a lien on my house by the solar company. The contracts that some homeowners are tricked into signing can contain many different harmful clauses, including the solar company placing a lien on the house if various payments are not made on time.
  3. I did not sign a contract for solar panels, but the company says I did and I owe money.  Dishonest salespeople forge and misrepresent contracts in order to make the sale.  There are defenses to fraudulent contracts that allow them to be broken.
  4. My room is leaking after the solar panels were installed.  Solar contracts often contain a provision requiring the solar company to perform a water-tight roof installation.  If your roof is leaking and the company will not fix it, they may have breached the lease, and you may be able to break the solar contract.
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Daniel W. Whitney, Sr. and Daniel W. Whitney, Jr. of Whitney, LLP

Whitney, LLP Represents Victims of Solar Contracts

If your signature was forged on a solar contract, or you want to break your solar contract and get out of it, call us for your Free Consultation.

There are a variety of state and federal laws that protect consumers and allow them to fight back against dishonest solar companies.

Call us at 410 583 8000 for your Free Consultation, or use our Quick Contact Form to begin.

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