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That deal on solar panels could be a scam, warns Idaho Attorney General

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That deal on solar panels could be a scam, warns Idaho Attorney General

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As winter’s gray skies give way to sunshine, some Idaho homeowners will harness those rays — looking for a way to cut utility bills and reduce their use of non-renewable energy.

But consumers should be wary of claims that seem too good to be true, says Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

“There are some very reputable solar companies doing business here in Idaho, but some installers aren’t always 100% honest in their representations to customers. My goal is to shed some light on the issue to make sure Idahoans are prepared and protected in the marketplace,” Wasden said in a consumer alert issued last month.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has continued to receive complaints about “solar companies’ misleading sales tactics through door-to-door sales and social media advertisements,” the alert said.

Idaho Power, the largest electric utility in the state, also said this month that its customers report “misleading statements by some companies selling residential solar systems.”

Idahoans have filed a number of complaints with Wasden’s consumer protection division in recent years, claiming that solar energy vendors promised financial rewards that never materialized.

“There’s been a bit of a lull during the winter months, but it’s likely we’ll hear from more consumers as the weather warms,” said Scott Graf, spokesperson for the Idaho attorney general.

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