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Complainant Name:
Mr David Wieberg

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Mr David Wieberg complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the article, a report on solar panel investment schemes, had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The complainant said that the report had given the misleading impression that there was an immediate financial gain to be obtained from installing solar panels.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the following statement, to be appended to the online article:

This article quotes Cathy Debenham of estimating a return on investment of 10%-12% for a 4kW solar panel system. To clarify: this is an effective annual return based on the tax-free Feed-In Tariff and grid export income, and from savings on home energy bills, assuming an installation cost of £8,000. The amount saved on home energy bills will vary according to the volume of electricity consumed. The payback period on this basis - but not taking into account maintenance costs and increased income from the inflation-linked tariff - would be about nine years.

Date Published: 06/06/2012

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