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Consumers 'misled' over solar panel savings

Published:  01 October, 2010

UK: Critics warn many consumers are being misled over how the schemes work and how much money they can save, according to an investigation by Which? earlier this year.

It concluded that the solar panel industry is blighted by mis-selling.

Ten out of 14 solar thermal panel companies made misleading claims about how much money a customer could save, and many used high-pressure selling techniques such as large discounts for signing up immediately.

Special incentives give householders around £700 a year for electricity they generate. Almost 9500 households received £182 059 between April 1 and June 30, 2010, by generating their own electricity, according to regulator, Ofgem.

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