Allan dirty over Clean Energy scam

Allan Verrall is battling for a positive end to his solar panel scam debacle.
Allan Verrall is battling for a positive end to his solar panel scam debacle. Valerie Horton

ALLAN VERRALL was told he could eliminate his electricity bill and earn up to $2000 every year by converting his home to solar power.

Instead, the Yengarie man is out of pocket by $3500, after solar scammers took him for a ride.

He signed up after a telemarketer from Cleaner Energy called him at home, and convinced him he could not only stop paying for electricity, he could also generate money.

After paying for the solarpowered system on May 6, and putting in numerous phone calls inquiring when it would be installed, the workmen finally delivered the panels and inverter on June 20.

"They put in a different inverter from the one I paid for, and then they didn't connect it to the grid," Mr Verrall said.

The men told Mr Verrall they could not fill out one of the forms necessary to have the system connected to the power grid, so he would have to call the company.

But dozens more phone calls and more than four months later, the company still has not responded and the system is completely useless.

The desperate man then tried to call Ergon Energy and even went to Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss for help, but sadly, no one has been able to get a response from Cleaner Energy about rectifying the situation.

"It's a con job," an angry Mr Verrall said.

"The worst part is, one of my parents' friends got a call last week from the same people - they are still trying to sell these systems."

But the Yengarie property owner is not the only alleged victim of the company, with dozens of other people across Queensland relating similar tales of faulty or missing systems to their local media.

Cleaner Energy did not return repeated calls from the Chronicle, and it has been reported that the company's assets and orders may have been bought out by another firm.

The Office of Fair Trading is investigating.

Topics:  electricity energy fraser coast scammers

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