New so­lar in­stalled

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

the re­sult.”

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW PAN­ELS: IGA's Angie Beu­tel and Green­bank CEO Fiona O'He­hir with the own­ers of Re­claim PV Re­cy­cling.

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