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Are solar companies scamming rooftop solar customers?

Posted: September 12, 2013 at 8:20 am   /   by

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Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook


  1. dleeper47 says:

    Of course solar customers should be careful in choosing a solar provider, as they should with any home improvement contractor.  There are some bad apples out there, but I wouldn’t condemn the whole industry for that.
    I’m now in my 5th year with my solar provider, and the performance has been flawless. I now pay zero (zip, nada, bupkis) for the entire year’s “on-peak charges” on my power company’s bill.
    My provider will install a leased system for no money down — all one needs is a good credit rating and a roof well-oriented for solar.  I pay a lease charge for the solar system, but I had a positive cash flow starting in the first month. They delivered the goods as promised, albeit with some getting-started government-provided subsidies that are now fading away.  All state subsidies vanish in 3 months.
    I’ll be writing a article soon on the current war of words between advocates for solar companies and advocates for regulated monopolies. Conservatives don’t care much for government subsidies or for monopolies in general, so this is an interesting issue for a conservative-friendly website.
    If anyone wants to ask about my particular experience with solar, send me email at
    By the way, who produced/sponsored this video? Who is benefiting from its message?