A solar scam is one of the latest ones going around the North State.
This one is done mostly online, and Facebook is one of the biggest perpetrators.
In a nutshell it's a campaign of tremendous false advertisements, according to Butte County Treasurer and Tax Collector Peggy Moak.
If it seems too good to be true, it usually is, and this whole free solar campaign is actually a massive false advertisement campaign.
“Something that comes across in your newsfeed that says free county program, government funded program, say goodbye to your PG&E bills,” she said.
There are several things wrong with just that statement: this is not a county program, it is not a government program, and it is not free; this is something for which private investors have paid.
It's basically a lead generator for companies: once you sign up for it and go through the process, you'll realize that none of it is true and you do have to pay.
She says it's frustrating because there is no real way to identify who is behind these advertisements, so instead, California officials have started going after companies that are benefitting from these lead generators, and she says Freedom Solar is one company they have identified.
She's also frustrated that the county name associated with something that's not true, because they do have real things like the PACE program that people can qualify for.
PACE stands for property assessed clean energy, and it's a legislated program in California aimed trying to bring forward the state's energy efficient mandate.
However, not everyone can afford standard financing, so this program aims to make it easier for people and encourages them to transition to solar power.
If you qualify, a contractor will install a solar system on your property and will collect payments through your property tax system in installments throughout the year.