Residential Solar Systems

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Solar energy is an environmentally friendly way to save money on your home’s electric bills. There are reputable solar power installation firms and contractors, but unfortunately there are also scam artists and businesses that may be looking to deceive and pressure consumers in order to make quick sales and inflate their profits. Review these tips and information to learn more about solar power and how to avoid solar power scams.

If you install a solar panel system, you should end up paying for less electricity from your electric utility company. But how much of your home’s electricity needs are met by solar power depends on how much the solar panel system produces and how much electricity you use.

Also, if you buy a solar PV system, you may be eligible for tax credits or other financial incentives that offset the initial cost. 

Things to consider before purchasing a solar system and signing a contract:

Tips on Interactions with solar panel sales companies and installers:

Questions to Ask Regarding Solar Loans and Leases:

If you are considering a solar loan, lease, or power purchase agreement, also ask:

Contract Cooling-Off Period/3-Day Right to Cancel (MN Stat. S. 325G.08)

If you signed a contract at your home, Minnesota law allows you three business days to cancel. The contractor is required to provide you with two copies of the notice of your right to cancel at the time the contract is signed. You may cancel the contract by emailing, mailing, faxing, or delivering a notice to your solar provider by midnight of the third business day after you received a signed, dated copy of the contract. For more information please see our publication:


Licensing and Permit Requirements

There are times the proposed solar panel system project may require the work of a licensed contractor such as a licensed electrician. The requirements for such licenses are overseen by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. To check the status or a license, visit:

In addition, local municipalities may have requirements that are more restrictive than the State of Minnesota, contacting your specific municipality to determine if additional permits or requirements exist is encouraged.

For more information or to file a complaint, visit our website or contact:

Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area)
(800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities)
(800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay)

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