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Thinking About Installing Solar?
Call Us First!

All too often, we hear from members who have fallen victim to unscrupulous solar salespeople. DON’T BE THEIR NEXT VICTIM!When considering a new solar photovoltaic system, always remember to:

• Get accurate usage and interconnection information.

• Get at least three bids to help ensure your new system is properly sized and being offered at a fair price.

• Get customer references and check online reviews.

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If a salesperson says, "You don't need to work with your co-op."

It's a RED FLAG!"

At Nishnabotna Valley REC, we are your energy partner and provider. We are owned by YOU and therefore, our  profits are returned to you. Can your salesperson promise that?

As the popularity of solar energy continues to grow, so do the number of solar vendor scams. Scammers are targeting homeowners who are interested in installing solar panels by offering them a "free" solar installation or other incentives to sign up with them. However, these offers are often too good to be true, and homeowners may end up losing money or facing other problems. Here are some ideas you can do to avoid solar vendor scams and protect yourself.


The first step to avoid solar vendor scams is to call Nishnabotna Valley REC. We have both a NET metering program and co-generation program that we work with our members to decide if solar is the right decision for you or if there are other energy efficient steps that you can do to reduce your energy consumption and help lower your electric bill without having to pay for a solar array installation.


We also have a partnerships with a trusted solar vendor, Iowa Choice Renewables, which is an organization that is made up of several Rural Electric Cooperatives. You can also get information about solar installations, costs, and other requirements from your utilities.

Another important step is to research the solar vendor before signing any contracts or agreements. Look for reviews, ratings, and complaints from previous customers. Check if the vendor is licensed, insured, and certified by relevant authorities. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or other consumer protection agencies for any complaints or issues. Be cautious of any solar vendor that asks for money upfront or requires you to sign a contract immediately. A reputable solar vendor will provide you with a detailed proposal, including costs, savings, and other relevant information, and give you time to review and compare with other vendors.

Finally, read and understand all contracts and agreements before signing. Make sure that you understand the terms, conditions, and warranties, and that they are in writing. Keep copies of all documents and agreements for your records.

Solar vendor scams are becoming more prevalent, and it's important to protect yourself by calling Nishnabotna Valley REC first, researching vendors, being cautious of high-pressure sales tactics, and reading and understanding all contracts and agreements. By following these steps, you can ensure that you are working with a trusted solar vendor and avoid being scammed.

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