Attorney General Ellison sues solar panel sales companies and lenders for defrauding Minnesota homeowners

ByRichard C. Sloan

Apr 26, 2022

Elison said the lawsuit was filed against them, “for engaging in deceptive and fraudulent practices in the marketing and sale of residential solar panel systems that cost Minnesota homeowners between $20,000 and more than $55. $000”.

The lawsuit alleges that these companies, individuals and lenders violated several Minnesota state laws against consumer fraud.

“My job as Attorney General is to protect the people of Minnesota from wrongdoing, abuse and scams. It’s especially important at a time when we’re trying to help Minnesotans get more out of every dollar,” Attorney General Ellison said. “I’m suing these companies because they took advantage of the good intentions of Minnesotans to save money for their families and create a cleaner environment for everyone.”

The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, names as defendants Brio Energy LLC (d/b/a Pure Solar Energy and Clean Energy Educators), Bello Solar Energy (f/k/a Total Solar Solutions and Brio Solar Energy LLC), Avolta Power, Inc. (Brio changed its name to Bello, then Avolta as its sales practices came under scrutiny nationwide), and Sunny Solar Utah LLC (d/b/a Sunny Renewable Energy); company executives Jared Fager, Michael Kaelin and Alan Whitaker; and Goodleap LLC Lenders (f/k/a Loanpal LLC); Sunlight Financial, LLC; and Corning Credit Union Services Company, LLC.

Attorney General Ellison is urging Minnesota consumers to report concerns to solar companies or lenders by submitting a online complaint or by calling the Attorney General’s office at (651) 296-3353 (Metro), (800) 657-3787 (Greater Minnesota), or (800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay).