New style unsolicited letters have been distributed from EVO Energy Solutions offering “free Solar PV and system checks”.
Back in November 2019 the MCS (micro generation certificate scheme) warned of similar letters that were being circulated. These letters were targeting consumers with Solar PV systems. These previous letters from EVO Energy Solutions have offered “free MOT and services” on Solar PV systems and warning of “the expiry of solar panel warranty”.
The letters have stark similarities to others that we have warned of previously; linked to the ‘British Trading Solar Association’ (BTSA), ESE Consultants Limited and ESE Services. Gary Fredson currently is, or has been, associated with these companies, with one of his companies ESE Services having been found to be in breach of the Trading Standards-backed Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC).
Linked to this, earlier this year The Daily Mirror newspaper conducted their own investigation of BTSA and Gary Fredson, warning consumers of junk mail that could trick you into making unnecessary payments.
If you receive unsolicited letters from companies offering services for your solar panels, we advise you to either ignore the letter completely or, if you are concerned, to contact your original installer or an MCS accredited installer that is also a member of a consumer body for advice.
EVO Energy Solutions are not registered with MCS. You can search for an MCS accredited installer here.
EVO Energy Solutions should NOT be confused with EvoEnergy Ltd, who are an MCS certified Installer (NIC2071) who have been trading since 2007.
It isn’t evident where EVO Energy Solutions have drawn the data from for their direct mail out. If you have concerns over the use of your data, we would advise that you notify the ICO.
If you’d like to escalate a complaint, please report the incident to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. The MCS Compliance Team have been liaising closely with Trading Standards on this case.
This has been shared with their investigation team.
The original feature can be found at the MCS web site.
UPDATE – Also can be found on The Mirror web site https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/beware-offers-free-service-your-21342270