PRESS RELEASE: STA response to BBC article on Barclays loan mis-selling

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
09 September 2019

This morning (09 September 2019), the BBC published an article entitled ‘Thousands complain about solar panels’. [1] Two defunct companies, PV Solar UK and MyPlanet, are accused of mis-selling loans from Barclays bank to fund domestic solar PV systems. Neither were members of the STA at any point in time.

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “This news highlights how vital it is that standards are enforced and consumers protected. We advise anyone looking to have solar and battery storage installed on their home to use reputable companies that are members of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and a member of a consumer code such as the Renewable Energy Consumer Code or the Home Insulation and Energy Systems Quality Assured Contractors Scheme.

We are sorry to see that households have been adversely impacted by rogue traders mis-selling finance packages, and urge Barclays to ensure that the matter of compensation for affected customers is dealt with swiftly.”

A 2018 Which? survey found that 93% of solar PV system owners were satisfied with it. [2]

Households interested in having solar and battery storage installed can check our dedicated webpage for up to date information and advice. [3] Solar power is the UK’s most popular energy generation technology, consistently scoring over 80% in BEIS public attitude tracker polls. [4] 6/10 households want solar and battery storage for their homes at some point in the future. [5]

 

ENDS​

 

Editors notes:

[1] BBC – Thousands complain about solar panels: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49566130

[2] Which? – Results of our biggest ever solar panels survey: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2018/06/results-of-our-biggest-ever-solar-panels-survey/

[3] Solar Trade Association – Advice & Tips for Households: https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/resource-centre/advice-tips-for-households/

[4] Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker September 2018 (Wave 27): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/754515/W27_Summary_Report.pdf

[5] ClientEarth – Climate Snapshot August 2018: https://www.documents.clientearth.org/wp-content/uploads/library/2018-08-20-clientearths-climate-snapshot-coll-en.pdf

 

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Background on the Solar Trade Association:

The mission of the Solar Trade Association is to empower the UK solar transformation. We are paving the way for solar to deliver the maximum possible share of UK energy by 2030 by enabling a bigger and better solar industry. We represent both solar heat and power plus energy storage, and have a proven track record of winning breakthroughs for all three technologies.