New solar installed
A NORTH Burnett business that had been sold dodgy solar panels has had them replaced by the company that provided the certification for the original panel installations.
Australian Energy Group sold the panels to Mundubbera IGA in 2013, which were later found to be non-genuine by the Clean Energy Regulator.
Greenbank Environmental provided the original installation certification and CEO Fiona O’Hehir said she felt bad when she found out 182 businesses and homes in Queensland and New South Wales had been affected.
Ms O’Hehir said Greenbank had been advised by the regulator that it needed to hand back the certificates generated for the non-genuine installs.
“Greenbank Environmental decided not to hand back the certificates, but instead to fund the replacement of all these panels at a considerable additional cost to us to ensure these 182 people got a new warranty and peace of mind,” Ms O’Hehir said .
“This replacement program (was) undertaken in good faith and at considerable cost to Greenbank Environmental.
“We are taking these steps as good corporate citizens and leaders in the solar industry.
“This is good for these householders and business as well as maintaining trust in the solar industry.”
Mundubbera IGA store manager Angie Beutel said they were happy that the trouble caused had now been cleared up.
“It’s fantastic now and they did it really quickly,” Ms Beutel said.
“Greenbank didn’t have to do that, but they did the best thing for all the businesses.
“We’re really happy with
We are taking these steps as good corporate citizens and leaders in the solar industry.
Ms O’Hehir said the 30 kilowatt system at the Mundubbera IGA was the largest property affected by the non-genuine panels.
“Out of the 182 sites that have been affected, they were the largest,” Ms O’Hehir said.
“The product was installed in 2013... (The issues with the panels) was discovered about a year ago
“Whilst the panels are not faulty, they’re not what we created the certificates to be, they’re badged something that it’s not.”
“They’re badged ABC when they’re actually XYZ.
Ms O’Hehir said she had been closely involved in the replacement.
“I went to Mundubbera a year ago to inspect the system,” she said.
“It has taken us a year in discussion with the regulator and now they have been replaced.
“(IGA seem to be) happy because this has been going on for over a year.”
AEG has gone into liquidation and investigations into the miss-labelling of the products by the CER continue.
Greenbank Environmental was formed by Fiona O’Hehir in 2003.
NEW PANELS: IGA's Angie Beutel and Greenbank CEO Fiona O'Hehir with the owners of Reclaim PV Recycling.