5 Essential Steps to Take If You're a Victim of a Solar Panel Scam in Texas

5 Essential Steps to Take If You’re a Victim of a Solar Panel Scam in Texas

Embracing solar energy is a wise investment for the environment and your wallet, but what happens when your leap toward sustainability lands you in a scam? In Texas, the surge of solar panel fraud has left many homeowners feeling victimized and helpless. However, knowledge is power, and taking swift and informed action can turn the tables in your favor. Here are five essential steps to protect your rights and pursue justice.

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Step 1: Document Everything

Begin by gathering all documents related to your solar panel installation: contracts, correspondence, advertisements, and financial transactions. Document any damage to your property and note any promises made by sales representatives that weren’t fulfilled. This evidence is crucial for building a legal case.

For instance, if a sales representative assured you that the solar panels would cut your electricity bill in half, but instead your bills increased, this discrepancy must be documented. Create a comparison chart showing your electricity costs before and after the installation. Take photos of any physical damage the installation may have caused to your roof, and save any promotional materials that made false claims. This solid evidence will help your attorney demonstrate the gap between what was promised and what was delivered.

Step 2: Consult with a Specialized Attorney

Not all lawyers are versed in the nuances of solar panel law. Look for attorneys with a track record of handling solar panel issues in Texas, like Palker Law Firm. Our attorneys understand the unique aspects of solar scams and can navigate the complexities of Texas law, including the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), to advocate for your rights.

When seeking legal counsel, it’s important to work with lawyers who not only say they handle solar panel cases but can also show a history of successful outcomes for their clients. Palker Law Firm, for instance, can provide testimonials or case studies illustrating how they have helped others in similar situations. An attorney’s deep understanding of both the technology and the legal landscape ensures they can argue your case effectively.

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Step 3: Understand Your Legal Remedies

Under Texas law, you have the right to sue for fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of contract. The DTPA also allows you to seek treble damages for deceptive trade practices. An experienced attorney can explain these remedies and advise on the best course of action, whether it’s litigation or negotiating a settlement.

For example, a client may have been promised a substantial tax rebate for their solar panel installation which never materialized. Texas law recognizes this as a material misrepresentation, and with the help of Palker Law Firm, the homeowner can pursue a claim to recover what was fraudulently promised. Understanding the specific legal terms and the available remedies empowers you to make informed decisions about your case.

Step 4: Evaluate Your Financial Recovery Options

A common misconception is that victims of solar scams have no recourse for financial recovery. However, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses incurred, such as inflated electricity bills, repair costs for property damage, and the burden of fraudulent loans. Your attorney will work to maximize the compensation you receive.

An experienced attorney can help you assess the full scope of your financial losses, which may extend beyond the immediate costs. Perhaps you were pressured into a high-interest loan for the panels that far exceeds any savings on your energy bill. Your legal team will look into the terms of the agreement to identify any predatory lending practices and work to mitigate these financial burdens.

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Step 5: Report the Scam

Raise awareness and prevent further victimization by reporting the scam to appropriate authorities. This could include the Texas Attorney General’s office, the Better Business Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission. Public records of such complaints can strengthen your case and aid in collective legal action.

Let’s say you discover that the solar panels installed on your home are significantly underperforming and the company has since become unresponsive. By reporting this to the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, you can trigger an investigation that may lead to broader protective measures for consumers and possible restitution. Your individual report can contribute to collective action against deceptive companies.


Falling prey to a solar panel scam can be a distressing experience, but taking decisive action is key to reclaiming your power. Palker Law Firm stands by Texas homeowners with a robust approach to litigation and a compassionate understanding of your plight. If you’ve been misled by a solar panel company, contact us for a complimentary legal consultation. We’re not just your attorneys; we’re your allies in the fight against solar fraud.

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