Reader disagrees with solar scam
As the owner of a company that has made the full transition from roofing contracting to solar contracting with roofing services, I was shocked by the Flashings article, "Scam targets consumers seeking solar roofs," in the November 2012 issue, page 16. To paint with such a broad brush and imply there is a scam taking place without pointing to even one specific example is irresponsible.
The article states the upfront investment is the equivalent of paying for 30 to 40 years of electricity in advance as though this is a matter of fact. This is just not true. More than 90 percent of homeowners who choose solar have no upfront investment because they are going through third-party financing, which provides power through a power purchase agreement or lease program (which, incidentally, can yield savings to the homeowner in excess of $20,000 during the life of the agreement).
The article goes on to state contractors (implying they are solar companies) are signing up customers, taking deposits and leaving town with the money. The rest of the paragraph lumps them in with the entire group of home improvement contractors to support the position. This is just not happening.