Converting to solar energy can save you money and help save the planet, but the setup is expensive and there are often high-pressure sales tactics involved. The ACCC is warning consumers to research purchases carefully, and not to feel rushed into a decision in order to grab government subsidies.
ACCC chair Graeme Samuels notes that many solar power equipment providers try and exploit that kind of panic:
Recent advertising by solar retailers about these financial assistance schemes coming to an end can give consumers the false impression they will miss out on savings if they don’t act now. The initial investment in a solar power system can be very expensive, so it is important that retailers don’t pressure householders into rash decisions.
If you want to check on the conditions and potential expiry dates for government subsidy schemes, then the best first port of call is the Office of the Renewable Regulator web site. Following its pursuit of a dubious energy provider through the courts, it seems the ACCC will be keeping a close eye on the "green" market.