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SoCal residents weigh the benefits of investing in rooftop solar panels




SolarCraft workers Joel Overly (L) and Craig Powell (R) install a solar panel on the roof of a home on February 26, 2015 in San Rafael, California.
SolarCraft workers Joel Overly (L) and Craig Powell (R) install a solar panel on the roof of a home on February 26, 2015 in San Rafael, California.
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When does it make sense to invest in solar panels on your home?

They may seem like a good way to help the environment and save money, but a recent rise in consumer complaints is bringing the energy-saving investment into question. As reported in the Sacramento Bee, California’s solar panel industry is booming, and with it comes issues surrounding customer exploitation, increases in property taxes and trouble selling homes with panels installed. But there are also many success stories. Larry Mantle speaks to Ivan Penn of the L.A. Times to get the ins and outs of what consumers should know before buying rooftop solar panels.

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Ivan Penn, energy reporter for the Los Angeles Times