UK SOLAR PANEL COMPANY FINED £40,000 PLUS £27,000 COSTS FOR CHEATING CUSTOMERS
A UK solar heating company was fined £40,000 for exaggerating the benefits of their solar heating panels. The firm claimed customers energy bills would be cut by 70%. The actual saving in their particular case was a mere 8%.
This is the first case of its type in the UK. The company was found guilty of misleading the public under the Trade Description Act.
The company's directors were additionally ordered to pay £27,000 in costs.
Now if SEI went after some of the Irish profiteers and rip-off merchants in the same way, it would clean up the Renewable Energy Business in the Republic.
Irish buyers have a wide choice of solar systems and installers offering services. The prices vary a great deal. The dearest are not necessarily the best. The new type of vacuum tube high efficiency units offers much better results. Well designed and well installed systems win out over cowboy systems. Irish customers would do well to be wary and ask lots and lots of questions and get written quotations before making up their minds.