I was chagrined to learn of city/county support for the self-serving and anti-competitive marketing by the Solarize SLO program through board members of the Economic Vitality Corporation (operating with city and county funds).
This is essentially government intrusion into the private-sector economy, by promoting some companies over others. These representatives should stand up to the EVC board for us taxpayers (and, hopefully, future solar power purchasers, like me) who will again this fall fleece buyers with $1,000 fees to put in solar. This appears to be nothing more than a “protection racket,” disadvantaging 10 other solar electric contracting companies who don’t capitulate to the 5 percent commission (surcharge) of the Solarize SLO marketing campaign on behalf of two companies.
Instead, why not have Solarize SLO do some real economic and engineering analyses of standards for solar power, and set basic system price objectives for that; and then, for any company who can measure up, charge normal marketing fees for the Solarize SLO advertising that will include these companies?