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Alliance against solar crime is founded - Web page gives advice to prevent fraud in solar business

08-20-2008 05:50 PM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: pvxchange GmbH

Berlin, 20th August 2008: Preventing fraud in the solar industry, a group of solar organisations, publisher and companies has launched the “Alliance against Solar Crime”. The Alliance informs on about the common methods of fraudsters and how sellers and dealers can protect themselves against financial loss. “The criminal activities of black sheep in the business have negative effects on everyone: Manufacturers, dealers, service engineers and end users,” says Martin Schachinger, Managing Director of pvXchange GmbH and founder of the Alliance. Just in the first weeks the Alliance has already prevented solar crimes in several cases.

Every positive economic development often comes along with some negative aspects. Like in other economic fields, this also concerns the rapid growing solar industry. In the wake of the continuing solar boom there is increasing evidence of people and companies pursuing fraudulent intentions in the market for photovoltaics. The strong pressure of demand tempts potential purchasers to ignore basic precautionary measures and to take incalculable risks.

The Alliance web pages presents Case Studies who show how fraudsters have operated in specific cases, where for example goods that have been already been paid for, are never delivered. With the help of a Check List one can examine whether to trust the offers of a new business partner. In taking simple measures, they can secure their business activities in future. Particularly in the case of supposed lucrative business, where a great deal of money is frequently involved, they should under no circumstances renounce security. By using the Hotline, it is easy to check whether the new business partner has already made a bad impression elsewhere.

The Alliance asks everyone to support their actions against solar crime and to get in touch with them, so that there will be a worldwide movement acting together effectively to combat theft and fraud in the solar industry.

Alliance against Solar Crime
c/o pvXchange GmbH
Mr. Matthias Hinnecke
Stresemannstr. 33
D-10963 Berlin
phone +49 (0)30 - 41 72 41 56
fax +49 (0)30 - 44 04 81 12

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