SHIREBROOK: £11,000 for Solar company boss

From the courts
From the courts

The boss of a solar panel company has been ordered to pay customers over £11,000 in compensation after failing to return deposits when they cancelled contracts for work.

Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards began investigating Robin MacDonald, trading under the name of Solar Initiative, following a complaint from Shirebrook resident Martyn Hutchinson.

Mr Hutchinson paid Bedford-based Solar Initiative an £8,250 deposit towards £16,500 worth of roof panels - but when he tried to cancel his contract during a legal seven day cooling off period, he received only £1,650 – leaving him £6,600 out of pocket.

The county council identified three other customers who had not had their deposits returned in full.

Appearing at Chesterfield Magistrates Court, MacDonald, of Ashby-de-la-Zouch pleaded guilty to four charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

MacDonald must pay back £11,125 to three customers left out of pocket.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are pleased that our action will lead to the customers receiving their deposits back.