A new lawsuit has been filed against solar companies for misleading consumers. The lawsuit alleges that the solar companies used high-pressure sales tactics, misrepresented government rebates, and their affiliation with utilities. The companies then tricked consumers into signing contracts, and then threatened them with lawsuits, collection efforts, or cancellation fees if they wanted to cancel. The lawsuit outlines the facts of the case and how solar companies misled consumers and deceived consumers.

Musk is now the only defendant in the lawsuit

Tesla founder Elon Musk is scheduled to appear in Delaware court this month to defend his company from allegations of misleading shareholders and improper corporate practices. The case involves the acquisition of SolarCity by Tesla in 2016, in which Musk held a 22 percent stake. The company was about to go belly up when Tesla acquired it for $2.6 billion. Musk served on SolarCity’s board and is the largest stakeholder, along with his cousins.

At the trial, Musk claimed that joining SolarCity was not an emergency bailout and was in the master plan of Tesla, which was prepared in 2006. He noted that the document referred to a potential marketing arrangement and not a full merger or acquisition. However, the plaintiffs’ attorney repeatedly pressed Musk about evidence of SolarCity’s financial trouble. Musk told the judge that he had no idea that SolarCity was facing bankruptcy.

Vivint Solar is one of the worst offenders in the industry

A recent complaint by the Attorney General of New Mexico alleges that Vivint has enticed consumers to sign 20-year contracts with the company, in which they must buy the electricity generated by their rooftop solar system. This contract can increase by 72 percent over the term of the contract. In addition, Vivint has allegedly used high-pressure sales tactics to coerce consumers, including falsely telling them that the company would remove their solar panels for free.

A New Mexico attorney general filed a lawsuit against Vivint in April, accusing the company of fraud, deceptive business practices, and extortion. The lawsuit also alleged that the company’s sales rep had forged the plaintiff’s signature on a power purchase agreement. Vivint denied all allegations of fraud and settled the case confidentially with the plaintiff.

High-pressure sales tactics

In a recent solar panels lawsuit, the plaintiffs say that several solar companies misrepresented their products to consumers, including the cost savings and benefits of installing their systems. They pushed consumers to sign contracts with them, using tactics such as false advertising, false government rebates, and affiliation with utility companies. These tactics led consumers to sign contracts that they did not understand and threatened them with lawsuits and collection efforts if they tried to back out.

Attorney General Keith Ellison has filed a lawsuit against four Utah-based solar panel sales companies, including Brio Energy LLC, Bello Solar Energy, and Avolta Power, Inc., citing deceptive sales tactics and poor installations. He’s also seeking civil penalties, recovery of consumer costs, and the right to cancel contracts. The lawsuit’s goal is to shut down these bad actors in the solar industry and protect consumers.

Misleading advertising

A recent case involving misleading advertising in solar panels has been the subject of a Minnesota Attorney General’s lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that some solar power companies used aggressive marketing techniques and false statements to lure consumers into sketchy contracts. The company accused of the fraud reportedly had a markup of up to 80 percent. However, it later claimed that its marketing efforts were unconscionable and that it was merely attempting to boost sales.

The first example of this misleading advertising came from a Facebook page that didn’t disclose its affiliation with the company, Skyline Solar. Neither company has responded to a request for comment, but the page appears to be associated with Skyline Solar. Others feign legitimacy by using state seals and formal-looking pages and using “.org” URLs that are typically associated with nonprofits. While the ads are not linked to a specific company, they can be a dangerous source of solar leads for older consumers.

Class action settlements

A recent class action settlement in a solar panel lawsuit provides replacement panels and cash payments to eligible consumers. Eligible customers must have experienced qualifying damage during the limited warranty period of 20 years. The settlement also pays $1,745,000 in attorney fees and $5,000 to the Class Representative. Here are some details of the settlement. Weigh the benefits and drawbacks of a solar panel lawsuit. If you have experienced damage or are wondering whether a solar panel lawsuit is worth filing, here is some information you need to know.

To determine if you qualify for a class action settlement, contact a representative of the Settlement Class. This representative will review your information and photographs to determine if you are eligible for a remedy. If you wish to contact a Settlement Class Counsel, you can find contact information by clicking on the Court Documents link below. The settlement is free to consumers, so you’ll have no out-of-pocket costs.

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18 thoughts on “Solar Panels Lawsuits”
  1. I bought a solar system from a high sale pitched salesman, who also promised a rebate and my monthly elctric bill should only be $30.000. It took months for them to finally e installed. He also did not inform me that the panels would have to be washed off. I am a 76-year-old woman. I was told by the sales person and the company
    that when the government check came to be sure and not spend it but to keep it to pay on the principle of the loan. I now have over $8,000.00 in credit with the IRS. The money was never sent to me it is a credit in my income tax. I never owe any taxes therefore I do not know why the credit was not sent to me??

    1. I’m in the same situation but with R Solar/united energy savers and Goodleap. I’m about to blast through the roof. Any information or suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. I filed a complaint with Ohio Attorney Generels Office. Had system for over 2 years and have had nothing but problems. Was missiformed by sales person in beginning . System fails appx. Every 2 months and takes at least 2months after reporting it to get service date. Would like my money back,system removed, compensation for loss of power collection and exterior and interior damages repaired.

  3. Energy Solutions Direct/Enphase sold me a line of lies. I’m 64 and do not make enough or pay enough taxes to get any rebate. They ruined my garage roof, and plaster was damaged inside where my ceiling is leaking. They also didn’t do their homework about the fact I’m on a rural coop, that does not do net metering. I believe they have committed fraud, as nothing they stated has come to fruition. I’m out twenty-eight thousand dollars/making payments for 20 years. They will listen then quit communicating. Currently this is at a standstill. If you are thinking of going solar, DON’T DO IT.

  4. I was scammed by Vision Solar. I am 74 and retired . I would like the 50 malfunction panels removed . They don’t work and I was charged $89,616.00 . My bill has doubled and they don’t care. I live in Texas. They made Solar sound so great , just a big scam and a way to steal from honest people.

    1. I am in the same boat like you, I am paying Good leap and Florida power and light at the same time, now I stop paying good leap they are just all about money. I am looking for a attorney to file a class action Lawsuit against Morden Concept and Good leap for bridge of contract . Let us all find an attorney that will file a law suit against Good leap and Morden concept for there bad business pratices PLEASE REPLR

  5. where can i file a law suit in south carolina did’nt gave me what they promised paying more for electric was paying 200.00 a month now paying 169.00 a month for electric and 150.00 for panels

  6. I signed up for solar panels with Solar Titan USA. They promised they would pay 90% of my power bill. The system covers less than 50% of my power. They also guaranteed I would get a solar refund when I filed my taxes. I have found out that is not true. I feel like they purposedly lied to get me to sign up. They will no longer answer calls or return messages.

  7. Please can someone contact me I’m not satisfied with my system and I need legal advice I have a ripped off by solar titan

  8. You need to investigate Solgen solar as well . They are deceiving their customers the same way as these companies that are being sued. My family has been taken advantage of 100% by Solgen solar panels in Pasco Washington. They have lied through the whole process and continue to lie. We never got a rebate. They have never covered one months of use even in the summer. I have a email stating that I needed 39 panels and they only put 35 on my property now they want to come out and put an A-frame or ground panels when I run a business on my property and it would not be feasible. They need to be looked into. I would like them to come get their panels and give me my money back.

  9. We also feel we were scammed by Venture Solar. We were told our electric bill would go down. They said we would receive a tax credit of $20k that we would have to put towards the loan with in 18 months, if not our monthly payments will increase. We did not receive a $20k tax credit and not I have to figure out how to pay that so our monthly payment of $189 won’t increase. To top it off our electric bill is still high. I also found out we are paying an outrageous amount for our panels, in fact $20k more than the other companies. They promised all different kinds of savings and rebates and I have not seen anything other than a bill.

  10. I wan’t find a class action against Modern Concepts Solar.
    They sell us a Bundle AC system and Solar Panels; The panels still without work because never pass Inspection and Ac Unit system never was delivery.
    We are making payment to Goodleap. we need to find the Homeowners in the same situation for Unify efforts.

  11. Have titan solar, sales lied to me, gave me less power, told me they would take over tesla so I would only pay one company, bills have been $200 for the last few months. Never had payments so high before. Salesman even said paying to high and he would re-emburse me the last 2 APS bills–still waiting. Have had nothing but problems, lies and salesman not staying in touch. Would like to get a lawyer and sue but can’t afford one. All I want is for them to take their solar off of my roof, fix roof and credit the $8660.00 removal fee. Can ANYONE help who is a lawyer?

  12. I have been fighting Sun run for months now, I’m in the process of selling my house, when all of a sudden my roof in the master bedroom started leaking, it’s been less than a year since they installed them, they took responsibility at first and now they say that my roof was bad before installing the panels, what can I do? I’m desperate, I need to sell my house,I can’t afford to pay for the roof

  13. one year ago southern solar came to my house with there lies and said i would not have a electric bill and also make some money they put 80 pannels on my roof and i keep on getting a electric bill of 400.00 dollares and a 585.00 solar payment and before my average electric bill was 400.00 dollares so after one year i stop paying and now for my home i dont owe any money on they put a lean against my home because they lied so no dont get solar its a joke and scam

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