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SoCal residents weigh the benefits of investing in rooftop solar panels

SAN RAFAEL, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  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. According to a survey report by the Solar Foundation, the solar industry employs more workers than coal mining with nearly 174,000 people working in solar compared to close to 80,000 mining coal.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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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.

Solar panels may seem like a good way to help the environment and save money, but a recent rise consumer complaints are bringing the energy-saving investment into question.

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.

Guest:

Ivan Penn, energy reporter for the Los Angeles Times

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