Door-to-door solar sales spark warning
Albany residents have been warned to do their research before signing up for solar energy, in light of recent door knockers.
Salesmen have been going door-to-door selling solar products and systems, even offering $0 upfront panels.
Albany Solar’s Howard Rathbone encourages people to do their research before signing up with any company offering solar systems.
“From what I’ve heard, one door-to-door knocker is selling a 5kW system for $12,000 that is worth $3000, they are telling people that the system is going to produce 30-40 units a day which is never going to happen in Albany,” he said.
“Without this sort of knowledge people are just buying in to what they are being told.
“The other issue is that this style of company is, they aren’t installers and they aren’t electrically qualified — they are paying others to install.”
Mr Rathbone said the doorknockers were not scammers but rather high-pressure salespeople. “They are selling you a product, but the issue is it’s at a ridiculous price,” he said.
“You have to be sceptical as to who is selling it; are they electrically qualified and are they telling people the correct information. It’s so important to do your research.
“My advice to people is, take all their information, listen to what they are offering but do not sign up and do not make a decision without doing your research.”
Consumer Protection regional officer Iris Thomas advised consumers to consider shopping with the local solar-panel businesses. “They have established their reputation in the region and if there are any aftermarket issues consumers have the advantage of dealing with them face to face,” she said. “The offer of $0 upfront panels seems like too much of a good deal, hence consumers would need to read and understand the fine print and be cautious if they considered signing up.”
Albany Solarmanager Howard Rathbone urges residents to do their research into solar energy before signing up.