Consumer Complaints drive Solar Panel Lawsuits in Florida
An increase in phone calls to my office shows that Florida consumers are being targeted more and more by door-to-door solar panel salespeople. During these consultations, I’m hearing a lot of the same fact patterns. I’ve gathered them here. If you’re having one of these issues or complaints, talking to me may be a good next step.
“Solar Panels are free!”
During a Solar Panel lawsuit, I’m finding that generally there is no up-front cost for the homeowner for the installation of the solar panels; however, there is generally a surprise bill that the homeowner receives 2 to 3 months later. This bill represents a loan with a third-party company for the solar panels that you may have had no clue you were signed up for. This, unfortunately, is a standard complaint from homeowners and it comes months after the law typically allows you to rescind the loan terms.
Did you just get a “suprise” solar power loan statement? Contact me to find out your options!
“Solar Panels will eliminate your electric bill!”
Many Florida Solar Panel lawsuits start with this representation. Why? Typically most consumers purchasing the solar panel system are trying to eliminate their biggest bill – electricity. Typically, a typical home uses roughly 11,000 kWh/year. In reality, this is between 20 and 24 solar panels to fully cover the home. This estimate contemplates full sun exposure and maximum efficiency for the solar system. Also, the average solar panel is 5.4 feet by 3.25 feet. (roughly 17.55 sq. ft.). To have enough panels on your roof, you’re talking 351 sq. ft. of panels in an area that always receives direct sunlight. Even in Florida, this is a tall order.
Despite this, Florida consumers should see some discount on their bill if the system is properly installed. Unfortunately, many of my clients see no decrease in their bill after the installation is completed. If you are dealing with the same issue, contact me to find out your options!
The Solar Panel Company Didn’t Pull Any Permits
One unique set of facts is showing up more often. In this scenario, the solar company’s license lapsed and they failed to pull permits prior to the installation. This is especially concerning, as a license is required and permits must be pulled for the sophisticated electrical work being done to your home.
Pulling a permit ensures that the necessary inspections have been done at your property and that the work was done in a competent matter. It also gives the homeowner peace of mind knowing that their city and county are satisfied with the work.
Not having solar panel permits, while obviously stressful, can have a silver lining. In a solar panel lawsuit, failure to pull permits can actually be evidence of negligence by the contractor.
Solar panels installed without a permit or inspections? Give me a call to discuss your options.
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