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$5 Million Restitution Program for CA Solar Customers Defrauded by Contractors

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Are you a California homeowner defrauded or financially harmed by a licensed or unlicensed solar contractor? The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has $5 million allocated to the Solar Energy System Restitution Program (SESRP), which offers reimbursement to qualifying consumers with an unpaid financial loss after contracting for the installation of a solar energy system. California solar customers can apply for restitution payments as long as the program has funding.

SESRP restitution is available to California solar consumers who:

  • reside in a single-family residence;
  • entered into a contract for a solar energy system on or after January 1, 2016;
  • have a solar contract and/or installation system showing evidence of poor workmanship, incomplete work, fraud, misrepresentation, work not completed for the agreed-upon price, or other violations of Contractors’ License Law;
  • suffered an unresolved financial loss or injury as a result; and,
  • can establish their eligibility through any one of the available methods prescribed by the SESRP.

Claim forms are available in English and Spanish on the CSLB website: Any questions can be directed to the CSLB.

English (916) 255-4000 or by email to

Spanish (562) 345-7633 or by e-mail at

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About Business Consumer Alliance Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) is a non-profit company that started in 1928. The broad purpose of BCA is to promote business self-regulation. BCA's mission is achieved by assisting consumers in resolving complaints with businesses and using that complaint information, along with other relevant information such as customer reviews, to forecast business reliability. With community support, BCA can identify trustworthy and ethical businesses and warn the public to avoid unscrupulous businesses whose purpose is to defraud the marketplace. BCA also helps businesses promote themselves by providing services and tools to protect their business and reach out to their customers. BCA obtains its funding from member businesses who support the mission and purpose of the organization and who agree to abide by high standards of ethical business practices.