The energy industry is undergoing rapid change, and technology is paving the way for innovation in the way energy is used, produced, stored and shared. While the changing energy market has created more options for members, it has also resulted in more utility scams and misleading information surrounding solar installations in particular.

Most solar companies that do business in our area are legitimate; however, new products and services in the energy industry give scammers the opportunity to spread misleading information.

More of our members are informing us they’ve been told misleading information regarding solar installations in our service area. Homeowners have seen an ad online — often on social media — or had someone come to their door claiming to partner with Dakota Electric on rooftop solar installations. Dakota Electric does not have a special partnership with any solar companies. That said, we will work with solar contractors who submit an interconnection application and proper documentation on behalf of a member.

Additionally, homeowners with rooftop solar may receive a sales call offering an accessory, upgrade or extended warranty to their solar array. These calls may be from scammers who claim to represent a solar company and promise to replace faulty or broken parts. Again, if you do not expect a call, don’t be fooled. Calls offering misleading information could be a potential scam. Please call Dakota Electric or the solar company that installed your solar array if you think there may be a problem.

If you are considering solar for your home, make sure you work with a reputable company. There are a variety of solar contractors that offer a wide array of products as well as financing models. The Minnesota Department of Commerce recommends getting at least three or more quotes before making a final decision. View CleanEnergyProjectBuilder.org or MNcerts.org for more information.

To learn more about Dakota Electric’s solar interconnection process, or for help on making an informed decision, please contact our Energy Experts® at 651-463-6243 or email [email protected].