On the subject of PV exemptions letters:
Without going all snooty on people who provide them, In our professional experience we have identified three main drawbacks to engaging someone to write one:
1. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in a Pro Forma letter. Every Energy supplier has their own slight twist and interpretation of the ever emerging regulations. In truth none of them want to pay the FiT, consequently the rejection and re-application rate is very high. DNO are already suggesting that ‘farm exemptions’ for instance, do not qualify for future higher rate FiT and this has been picked up by some of the suppliers already.
2. It often costs more (in hourly rate) to supply an exemption letter. What with to-ing and fro-ing in correspondence with the ever changing requirements of the energy companies and their understanding of the DECC and the latest EPBD guidelines. Don’t get me wrong, We are not rich and quite happily charge more for a letter, it’s just poor advice to a client.
3. Most concerning is that there is no PI insurance with an exception letter, if at a later date any inspection is conducted and the energy company (or any future change of supplier) decides that this exemption letter is incorrect , incomplete or doesn’t meet their own particular criteria, they will look to take their money back or more likely, simply refuse to pay out any more FiT at the original rate.
So…. who does the client sue? Well in this case initially it’s whoever organised the letter, say a PV installer, and then they rightly look to sue the NDEA.
By the time you get a revised and compliant exemption letter, I can pretty much guarantee it will be at the latest and certainly less favourable FiT then available.
Alternatively our solution
In providing an EPC; which is a legal document and so not open to any real debate from the energy companies (it either meets the FIT criteria or doesn’t… ). Hence in our professional advice its always best to get an EPC undertaken it makes for a more contented client.
The EPC is Quicker, Cheaper and Safer…
and if you are concerned about your building gaining the higher rate feed in tarriff, give us a call (the advice is free!...), we understand how the SBEM software works and so might be able to put your mind at rest. in our experience most buildings can achive a D rating as a minimum.
As always, if you have any questions then please do not hessitate to contact us here at 1st Class Energy Ltd.