On September 22, 2017, DOJ announced that SolarCity Corporation has agreed to pay $29.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.  DOJ alleged that, beginning in 2009, SolarCity submitted inflated claims on behalf of itself and affiliated investment funds to the U.S. Department of the Treasury pursuant to Section 1603 of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Through the Section 1603 Program, the Treasury paid a cash grant equal to 30% of the eligible cost basis to construct or acquire qualified renewable solar energy system.  Applicants for the Section 1603 Program had to certify that their grant application accurately set forth the cost basis.  DOJ alleged that SolarCity submitted certified Section 1603 claims to the Treasury that falsely overstated the cost basis of its solar energy properties and, as a result, received inflated grant payments.

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