Help with so­lar panel com­plaints

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Leona Greenan

Around 50 Blan­tyre home­own­ers at­tended an ad­vice surgery held by MSP Clare Haughey to help them be­gin the com­plaints process af­ter be­ing al­legedly mis-sold so­lar pan­els by a now bust com­pany.

The busi­ness, which was based in Cam­bus­lang, sold house­hold­ers so­lar pan­els on the prom­ise of re­duced en­ergy bills and other ben­e­fits.

But in some cases bills have in fact tripled and sad­dled cus­tomers with years of debt.

Ms Haughey has held a num­ber of pub­lic meet­ings on the is­sue and set up a Cross-party Group at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, which most re­cently met on Oc­to­ber 3, look­ing for re­dress for her con­stituents and to en­sure lessons are learned for fu­ture Green Deal schemes.

The firm were ac­cred­ited by the UK Govern­ment’s Green Deal scheme, so the Blan­tyre MSP is push­ing the UK Govern­ment to take some own­er­ship of the sit­u­a­tion her con­stituents have found them­selves in.

The ad­vice surgery was also at­tended by Blan­tyre coun­cil­lor Maureen Chalmers, East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabi­ani, and Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire North MP

Plot­ting the way for­ward Gavin New­lands with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Green Deal Fi­nance Com­pany at the pub­lic meet­ing last week

Help­ing hand Clare Haughey MSP out­side the home of one of her con­stituents in Blan­tyre with so­lar pan­els

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