GOLD Coast residents have already been warned against coping with a solar panels organization Energy Saving Merchandise Pty Ltd trading as Solar Powered Products headed by ”pastor” Steve Jones soon after the Workplace of Fair Trading received 25 complaints from customers.

Executive Director of Fair Trading Operations, Brian Bauer, said the OFT was investigating the business which had failed to deliver solar panels ordered by buyers.

The scheme appeared to have ‘all the hallmarks of a scam’, Mr Bauer mentioned.

The company’s directors are listed as Julie Ann Jones and her husband and organization associate Stephen John Jones (AKA Stephen Williams and Pastor Steve).

Mr Brian Bauer, mentioned the company had been promoting solar panel power program installation to Queensland customers via telemarketing and door-to-door.”In a number of instances Mr Jones provided to lessen the price from $6600 to zero if customers agreed to sign above their federal government solar credits to Solar Powered Products and to act as a display residence. In this instance a deposit of $900 was paid by shoppers as an act of very good faith.

”While display home agreements are typical in some industries, OFT investigations indicate that neither Power Saving Items Pty Ltd nor Solar Powered Merchandise are registered to purchase federal government solar credits, nor do they have a solar system supplier.

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