If I didn't pay a downpayment when signing a contract with a contractor, am I still obligated to pay penalty for opt out of the contract?

Question Details: I have signed a contract with a roof company to replace my roof and install solar panel. At the time, I am not sure about the contact, so I didn't pay the down payment. Now after a few months after I reviewed the work done by them, I decided to go with a different company. The company said they are going to charge me for violation of the contract. At the time the contract was signed, I wasn't aware of there are penalty. I have told them I don't want them to do the work a month ago. Also, they didn't tell me anything about the penalty.

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