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Petition to Congress, Tom MacArthur, Omnidian, Lease Dimensions, Sungevity, Horizon Solar Power, Solar Specturm, Catania Solar, Lowe's Home Improvement

Stop Predatory Solar Companies from Taking Advantage of American Families!

  We need your help to stop fraudulent companies from taking advantage of hard-working American families.  This petition is on behalf of an American (and Military) family that has been victimized by a fraudulent solar company that knowingly entered into unconsionable contracts with them, promising savings that never materialized and threatening financial harm in response to reasonable requests to terminate their contract.  These companies need to understand that treating American families unfairly, especially those in the military, is not something that will be tolerated.  They need to be held accountable for their predatory practices and those that have invested in these companies need to be investigated to see how many of them knew about these predatory business dealings prior to investing in these companies. The companies that need to be investigated are:  Omnidian, Lease Dimensions, Sungevity, Horizon Solar Power, Solar Spectrum, Catania Solar The investors in these companies are: Northern Pacific Group, Genpact  It was also presented to this family at the time that they signed-up that they were also affiliated with Lowe's Home Improvement corporation so we are also asking the leadership at Lowe's to end all ties, if there are any, with these companies. HERE IS WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE: -Our government, either at the state or federal level, needs to investigate these companies, and their investors, as soon as possible to determine the extent of their unlawful activity.  PLEASE WRITE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.  YOU CAN CUT AND PASTE THIS INTO A LETTER! -The companies mentioned above need to respond immediately to the family mentioned below and assist, in a reasonable manner, in the termination of their contract. -The investors and partners of these companies need to be made aware of the unconscionable behavior of the companies in which they are affiliated with. -We ask that every person that signs this position NOT enter into a contract with any of the companies mentioned above until proper remedial action is taken. Here is the story from the family directly, written to their Congressional Representative, Mr. Tom MacArthur: "My family has fallen victim to predatory lending practices that violate not only federal statutes but also New Jersey statutes. Every day I see more solar panels on homes in my neighborhood and I’m worried my neighbors will also be victimized. I’m asking you to take immediate action to initiate investigation into the lending practices of solar panel leasing organizations. Though I am not a lawyer, I have begun to investigate these practices on behalf of myself and other citizens. Based upon my initial investigation, our solar leasing company, Sungevity, violated US Code Title 15, Chapter 41, Statute 1667a - Consumer Lease Disclosure; The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act; and the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 USC 45. To make it personal - my husband, a United States Marine, is being transferred by his employer in December. As part of that transfer, we are required to sell our home. The relocation company will not move forward with our relocation purchase until the solar panels on our home are either removed or we are given a contract that will allow us to own them outright (continuation of the existing lease is not an option). We leased these solar panels in 2011. We were told we were protecting ourselves against 6% rising energy rates, that we would save about $10,000 over the life of the lease, and that if we ever had to move it would be no problem. We were told the lease would be easily assumable by a buyer or we could pay off the contract and have them removed. We were told the company was trustworthy because it was a partner of Lowe’s. With these things in mind, we decided to do what we thought was best for the environment and go solar. Six years into the lease, the savings promised have not materialized. Our solar company, Sungevity, went bankrupt and its successor companies, Omnidian and Lease Dimensions, have failed to live up to their end of the bargain with clients, failing to monitor our systems and being unreachable for weeks at a time. Finding out the payoff amount for our system involved a great deal of research, as all the contact information on my bill is inaccurate. When I was informed of the amount needed to get out of our lease, it was $18,000. When I asked them to explain their numbers because that seemed off (Max over 15 years was $22,000), they DOUBLED the amount in retaliation! Now they say we have to give them $36,000 whether we remove the panels from our house or keep them there. Thats $14,000 more than the maximum amount I was supposed to pay over the life of the entire lease!   This company knows we must resolve this before we move and they are being intentionally inflexible, though they themselves urged me to “make an offer” and made it clear they didn’t have the wherewithal to remove the panels from my roof at this time. I’ve consulted with an attorney who believes it is in my best interests to negotiate with the company since I don’t have time to waste. However, he does believe their violation of 15 USC 41 to be very clear. I’m hoping that our State and Federal Legislators will look further into this situation and put legislation in force to protect all future victims of these practices as well as to look for a way to help past victims, like ourselves, who are already in leases whose terms violate the laws created to protect consumers. Please don’t let these corporations with their promises of environmental impact and monetary savings be the ones who benefit from Americans going solar at the expense of American consumers.      

Jennifer McCart
499 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Defense secretary Mattis

Stop the RECP Program on Military Bases

The RECP program sounded like a good idea at the time. RECP = Resident Energy Conservation Program. The gist of it is to make military families living aboard bases more responsible for their electric consumption by installing meters in their homes and charging families for electric use above what is considered 'normal'.  *This was a President Clinton intiative that was enforced by President Obama* Military Homes on Base/Post were not built for independent billing The great majority of homes built on our military bases were not wired for independent electric billing. Many homes have been found to be connected to street lights, common utilities, their neighbor's homes. Furthermore, when families are in excess, they can receive bills of several hundred dollars and are faced with eviction if they can't pay their bills. They ask for help, yet the housing managers cannot prove why their use is so high. If those bills aren't paid, the housing management goes to the service member's command -- many times resulting in a bad counseling report and the service member can lose their job.  Military families are not LIVING normally in their homes Our military families are living in fear. Fear of the high bills they can't afford. They shut off their breakers when they leave their home to ensure they don't get a bill. They do their laundry at laundromats out in town. They take cold showers and anything else to reduce electric consumption in their homes. This affects the net consumption for the neighborhood and essentially punishes families bathing their children, using their dishwasher, etc. THIS ISN'T LIVING! The conditions at Camp Pendleton, California show hot homes where children are sleeping in 85+ degree rooms with no AC, yet still may see a several hundred dollar bill for running fans trying to keep their home cool. See here: Not all homes share the same energy efficient appliances. If a neighbor has a newer, more energy efficient fridge or dishwasher, and your home has old clunky appliances that housing refuses to replace, you're stuck paying higher electric bills. Not all homes have the same family size. Some homes may have two people. Some may have six. Some may have a service member deployed.  There is NO WAY that you can evenly monitor and assess electric bills between homes that were never wired independently, with all of the circumstances above, to make it fair for our families with a 10% buffer.  Furthermore, the civilian housing managers have the ability to change and manipulate the data collected. In one instance, we found a bill that DID NOT match SDGE's electric meter use. They were off by several hundred kWh for 10 months.   We have spent the last year begging leadership to audit the program. It's fallen on deaf ears.  Please stop the program NOW  It's not working and it is hurting the readiness of our military. In fact, there was a recent congressional report that stated the base conservation program wasn't working, now they need to recognize it's not working in the homes as well: Our service members, military spouses, and their children deserve better than this. Our military families are ripped apart for months and sometimes years on end, serving faithfully through 16 years of war. Deployment after deployment. Don't our veterans deserve a hot shower when they come home from the field? Don't our military spouses deserve to bathe their children without worrying how much electricity they're consuming?  #EndRECP

Kristine Schellhaas
52,185 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Karen Currington, Maxine L. Moreau

Extend Centurylink Fiber Optic Service Throughout House Creek North

Fiber Optic internet is the backbone of the internet. Every major ISP makes heavy use of this technology to connect their customers to the World Wide Web. Charter Communications uses it to connect to a local node that we then connect to via our cable modems. The problem here is the cable modems are a bottleneck for our connection. The current fastest speeds available from Charter on our node are 300Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. They don’t even advertise these speeds so most of us have 100Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. These speeds will be the fastest we will see for many years because the Charter has no intentions of upgrading their network any time soon. Centurylink is our local telecom company that already has buried fiber to parts of our neighborhood. These fiber lines could be extended to the rest of the neighborhood giving us all access to fiber optic internet. Initially our speeds would be comparable to Charter but once these lines are running we could eventually see speeds up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps) download 1Gbps (1000Mbps) upload. Additionally, we would have more than one ISP that we could buy service from. As of now most of us have only one option giving Charter free reign to do whatever they please because we have no choice but to buy service from them. This is not going to be easy or quick. Even after we convince Centurylink to begin installing fiber they will have to dig up a lot of yards and run new lines which could take months maybe years. Once the process was completed our neighborhood would be more desirable and our homes would be worth more money. If you were selling or renting you would have one more thing that could bring in a buyer or tenet. Please join me in this. Only our combined voices will be loud enough to be heard by the executives at Centurylink and they are the ones that we must convince that we are worth the investment.

Charles Johnston
5 supporters