The Clean Energy Council urges consumers to be aware of possible scams relating to solar and energy efficiency schemes.

The Clean Energy Council has heard reports of people being contacted by scammers who claim to be offering government rebates, selling energy saving devices or giving away free solar systems. The Federal Government's SCAMwatch website has more information on these 'green scheme' scams.

Some solar scammers may claim they are calling on behalf of the Clean Energy Council. These claims are untrue. The Clean Energy Council does not sell solar systems, and we will never contact you offering ‘free’ solar.

If you are the target of a scam, please report it to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) via the SCAMwatch website or by calling 1300 795 995.

Beware of the following solar scams

  • Beware door-knocking solar salespeople. We’ve been made aware of recent NSW and VIC cases of fake CEC logo use. If you are considering buying solar, we recommend using an Approved Solar Retailer.

  • The Clean Energy Council has recently received reports of companies offering free replacement of PV panels on existing solar systems. Beware of offers like this. The 'free' panels are very likely to be cheap and low quality. You might be swapping your high quality panels for a low quality product.

Staying scam-free

We recommend visiting the SCAMwatch website for more information on protecting yourself from scams. You can also keep one step ahead of the scammers by following @SCAMwatch_gov on Twitter.

The Australian Government offers genuine rebates for installing solar panels, and your state or territory may also have an ongoing feed-in tariff program. For more information, visit our government schemes page or download our guide to installing solar panels for households or businesses.

If you are considering going solar, we recommend choosing a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer. These companies have committed to following industry best practice, so you can rest assured you are getting a safe, reliable and scam-free solar power system.