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We are a village hall in Cumbria. In July 2012 we installed

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We are a village hall in Cumbria. In July 2012 we installed solar panelling on our roof. The company who installed it gave us an estimate of what our financial return would be. We told them we would be funding this with a grant. We have now been told by our energy supplier that we are not eligible for a feed in tariff as we funded it with a grant. Do we have any legal redress with the installer.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

Sorry if Im missing the point but usually the condition of getting a grant is that you loose all return to repay the company?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The installer told us we would benefit from a feed in tariff before we installed it but our energy supplier says we are not eligible as we had a grant. We feel it was all a waste of time.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Thank you.

Have you suffered any financial loss over this? If so, what?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The village hall paid approx £4000 towards the cost in match funding for the grant.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
I just need about 20 mins to type out an answer if thats ok?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for the information.

You could try to argue that this amounted to a misrepresentation. If it was a statement made during the course of the negotiations and you relied upon it when deciding to buy then if its not true or its misleading then that is a potential misrepresentation.

The difficulty you face is that normally a successful claim in misrepresentation would lead to rescission of the contract. Obviously he cannot remove your panels. You may have a damages claim for your actual financial losses although there would be some recognition of the fact that you will benefit from free or cheap electricity.

This is a small claims court sum though so it will be cheap and relatively quick to issue. You can do so here

there are no real risks involved as even if you lost his costs would be very low.

Can I help further?