Beware of solar con artists
SOUTH Burnett residents are being warned to be on their toes and be wary of telemarketers offering deals on solar installations.
Go Green Generation owners Greg and Kelly Taffe said they were aware of people in the area being conned by telemarketers.
"The telemarketers call up and con people into buying their products," Mr Taffe said.
"We've seen a lot of quotes from people which have extras missing which are then demanded by the installer when they turn up, often asking for cash."
Mr Taffe said extras often missed included switchboard upgrades to have a solar meter fitted as well as a tilt, or tile brackets are required.
"It is a requirement of the Clean Energy Council for any solar companies to do a site evaluation," he said.
"If there is no site evaluation they cannot estimate the solar access or where the inverter will be located."
Mr Taffe said alarm bells should start ringing if the solar company asked for a large deposit of more than $500.
"All accredited solar installers must carry a photo ID with a licence number on it," he said.
Mr Taffe said people wanting to choose from a list of accredited solar installers could visit the Clean Energy Council website, click on customer info and find an installer put their town in the search engine and a list of accredited installers in their area will appear.
Anyone wanting to make a complaint could fill out a complaints form online or call (03) 9929 4141.