Philadelphia Contractor Arrested In Alleged Solar Panel Ripoff

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Montgomery Township police have arrested a Philadelphia contractor who they say had been on the run since last fall after ripping off customers who hired him to “green” their homes.

Police say they received a tip that led them to a house in the 2000 block of Medary Avenue, in the West Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. It was there they found Michael McKinley, 40, who was taken into custody without incident on theft and related charges.

Police have been looking for McKinley since September in connection with four customers who say he took money from them but either never completed or never started the work of installing solar panels (see previous story).

McKinley ran Solaris Energy and was licensed and approved by the state.

Montgomery Township detective Ed Davies says McKinley took more than $84,000 from his victims.

McKinley was being held in Montgomery County on $10,000 bail following his arraignment. His next court appearance is tentatively scheduled for next week.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  • Dee

    It is a shame how the media time after time puts someone who suffered the same financial issues as many other small businesses threw out the country have but you choose to crusify him because he’s a Black man who tried to make his own way out of nothing. No one wants to talk about the theives he hired who stole products and tools from this man as he tried to put food on their tables and bent over bacwards to start something great and had knives in his back from the slimeball crackers he hired. Maybe if he had kept his business all Black in the first place none of this would have happened. Whos gonna go after the bums who helped put him in this predicament.

  • Ed

    Medary Avenue is not in West Mount Airy. It’s East Germantown. Thank God the reporter wasn’t looking for him.

  • anon513

    Thank you Warrant Unit for doing a wonderful job. As for people THINKING they will get their money back, I seriously doubt it. All that money is long gone.

  • ron

    once again the warrant unit guys are not mentioned…. amazing.. the media never gives credit were it is do

  • Dennis

    He cost me $4000. I’ve been trying to find him to file civil suit.

    • Big Daddy


      Good luck trying to get your money back.

  • Anon!

    Great Job to Philadelphia Warrant Unit who tracked this guy down…the city is better with guys like you on the street! I’ve never seen sexier guys in black!!!

  • Stephanie Palmer

    They’re out there just waiting to take your money. Always, always, always check with the Better Business Bureau. And that’s coming from someone who found out too late.

  • Goodbye

    He was my neighbor and I never knew he did that. I saw the Warrant Unit and Police take him out of his house this morning. He is trash. Good job by the cops!

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