Don’t Fall for Solar Scams: Protect Yourself with Multiple Bids


Don’t Fall for Solar Scams: Protect Yourself with Multiple Bids

Everywhere you look lately, it seems someone is pitching solar energy. And unfortunately, many of the solar pitches are deceptive, if not outright fraudulent.

I’m certain that you have encountered at least one of these shady ploys.

  • An online advertisement featuring individuals who appear to be a utility company representative claiming that if you have a meter “like this,” you may qualify for free solar power.
  • Or maybe they assert this is your last chance to go solar.
  • And then there are the more direct tactics, where inexperienced door-to-door salespeople pressure you to sign up immediately for an incredible deal, or who claim that you only need a few solar panels to cover your entire electric bill.

It seems there are unbelievable offers waiting at every turn.

But, as the old saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Now, don’t get me wrong, solar energy is indeed a smart investment for many, but it is important to be cautious of misleading messages. The statements mentioned earlier do not come from trustworthy solar contractors. Instead, they are deceptive tactics employed by unscrupulous companies. Interestingly, a majority of these companies are not directly involved in solar installations. Instead, they are merely marketing agencies that collect leads to sell or out-of-state businesses looking to capitalize on the strong demand for solar energy in our region. These entities swoop in, make a quick profit, and then move onward to exploit the next opportunity.  It is crucial to be aware of these deceptive tactics and to seek out trustworthy solar providers who will prioritize honesty and deliver top-notch solar installations.

Fortunately, there are simple, practical steps you can take to protect yourself from these swindlers.

Fire Mountain Solar’s Top Solar Consumer Protection Tips

1.  Always get multiple quotes to ensure you are getting the right sized solar system at fair pricing, including one from Fire Mountain Solar. When comparing bids for projects of similar scope, they should consistently fall within a reasonable range of each other. If this is not the case, request a comparison that clearly demonstrates why. It is important to note that it is not only higher-priced bids that should raise concerns; significantly lower bids may indicate potential shortcuts or compromises in quality.

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2. Your best option is to choose a contractor who has local roots, such as Fire Mountain Solar if you’re in Washington. Local contractors have a vested interest in maintaining their reputation within the community and are more likely to be available for years to come. This is particularly significant when it comes to warranty support. In Washington, the Washington Solar Energy Industries Association (WASEIA) is an excellent resource for finding local contractors who have made a commitment to upholding the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.

3. And just as you would with any company you are considering doing business with for an important purchase, it is advisable to check their online reviews before making a decision. Pay special attention to reviews from third-party agencies, as they tend to provide a more objective perspective. While no company is perfect and not every negative review may be reasonable, the majority of reviews and how a company responds to negative feedback can give you a good sense of their overall reputation.

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About Fire Mountain Solar

For over 22 years, Fire Mountain Solar has been dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. This commitment is what makes us leaders in Washington’s solar industry. We understand the importance of providing our customers with exceptional service and reliable products. When you choose Fire Mountain Solar, you can be confident that you are working with a reputable and trustworthy company.