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Attention solar owners, It is of utmost importance that you exercise caution and refrain from allowing any individuals into your home to inspect your Solar PV system.

Consider this: Does a random cold caller possess accurate knowledge about your installer going bankrupt, the potential malfunctioning of your solar PV system, or the expiration of your warranty?

Unfortunately, there exists a well-known fraudulent scheme where salespeople enter your premises and manipulate the situation. They may deceitfully turn off your system, falsely claim it is not functioning, assert that it is out of warranty, or insist you need additional equipment or servicing.

Yes, it is disheartening to acknowledge that there are individuals devoid of moral integrity who engage in such deceitful practices. Moreover, falling victim to these solar scams not only invalidates genuine product warranties, but also poses potential safety hazards.

The truth is, most solar equipment requires minimal maintenance, aside from periodic panel cleaning. In fact, we can often assess the system’s performance over the phone. If your inverter is operational and your meter shows a daily increase in energy generation, you can rest assured that everything is functioning properly. If you have concerns about its capacity, you can take daily solar generation meter readings for a week, cross-reference them with your installation documents, and reach out to us via phone or email for a manual check.

Numerous online resources discuss this issue extensively. Companies like ESE Services are still in operation, unfortunately, and there are many others who seek to profit by falsely claiming that repairs, upgrades, or servicing are necessary when they are not.

Various forums can provide valuable information on this matter. You can find insightful discussions on platforms such as the Money Saving Expert forum on the ESE Solar Panel Free Health Check and read more about it in national press articles like the Beware Letters Offering Free Solar published by The Mirror Newspaper.

Additionally, it is worth exploring online communities and social media groups dedicated to renewable energy and solar panels. These platforms often host knowledgeable individuals who are passionate about sustainable living and can offer valuable insights and advice. Websites like Reddit and Facebook groups like “Solar Power Enthusiasts” are great places to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from their experiences. Furthermore, reputable industry websites such as Solar Power World and Renewable Energy World provide comprehensive information, news, and resources on solar panels and their maintenance. By tapping into these diverse sources, you can gather a wealth of information to make informed decisions about your solar panel system and ensure its optimal performance.

Are you ready to invest in Solar Panels and convert to renewable energy?

If you are a UK homeowner and interested in learning more about the different types of Solar PV systems, contact our expert team today. By filling out our contact form, our team will provide you with a free no-obligation quote to install a bespoke solar PV system, catered to your energy needs. Call us on 01268 928 690 or click the ‘Enquire Now’ button below to claim your free no-obligation quote and solar panel system design.

FAQs: Protect Yourself from Solar Panel Scams

Why shouldn’t I let random people inspect my solar panels?

Scammers may enter your home claiming your system is malfunctioning, out of warranty, or requires unnecessary repairs. They may even manipulate your system to appear faulty. Falling victim can void your warranty and pose safety hazards.

How can I tell if my system is working properly?

Most systems require minimal maintenance. If your inverter is operational and your meter shows daily energy generation increase, you’re probably good. For further assurance, take daily meter readings for a week and compare them to installation documents. You can also contact your installer.

What are some specific scams to be aware of?

Companies like ESE Services have been known to falsely claim repairs are needed. Be wary of unsolicited calls or door-to-door salespeople offering “free” inspections.

Where can I get more information and support?

Online resources like the Money Saving Expert forum and The Mirror article detail these scams. Renewable energy communities on Reddit, Facebook groups like “Solar Power Enthusiasts,” and industry websites like Solar Power World and Renewable Energy World offer valuable insights and advice.

Remember

  • Don’t let strangers into your home to inspect your solar panels.
  • Verify system health through your inverter, meter readings, and online monitoring tools.
  • Research companies before agreeing to any service.
  • Utilize online resources and communities for support and information.

By staying informed and vigilant, you can protect yourself from solar panel scams and ensure your system operates smoothly and efficiently.

Additional tips

  • Never sign any contracts or pay any money before thoroughly researching the company and getting multiple quotes.
  • Ask for references and check online reviews before hiring anyone to work on your system.
  • Be wary of high-pressure sales tactics. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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