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Berneray

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Worth having a read of this....if you've not see it already...

Exclusive: Greg Barker

This is the sentence that has caught my eye the most...

"With the cost of panels and inverters coming down significantly, I now want to work on bringing the price of installation down. That is why I have set up a cost reduction task force with the industry to help do just that."

I wonder what that can mean.....
 
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babba

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It means he is a fool... and is going to start his own wholesale website...the last part was a joke
 

Marvo

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Sounds to me like he's accusing the solar installation companies of being a rip-off by not passing on the reductions in hardware costs to the customer. I'm not sure what a cost reduction task force is. If there's no collusion or illegal price-rigging going on then I don't see the point. If there is illegal price rigging then I'm sure there would already be an authority in the UK that would deal with it so I'm guessing it's vote-winning speak.
 

SolarCity

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Price rigging? He would be more than welcome to come and see our books. I'd love to kick his face clean off his head.
 
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Sadly, there are too many companies cutting corners where ever they can just to try and survive, not having a structural survey, installing the cheapest panels they can find, the cheapest mounting kits, unheard of inverters because they are cheap, not using fire retardant boards, and I am not going to comment on the electrical side of things.
Some do not even use scaffold to save £300-£500 pounds...
Also installing as quick as possible, so cutting corners there too.

Of course Barking feels that the prices have come down, but just look at some of the crap that customers have slapped onto their roofs, unsafe and unreliable crap.
Still on the plus side it will only need to last for 20 years soon, not 25...

Quality comes at a price, and if you are a customer, please remember this when getting your quotes.
 
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Bet he earns more than we do....

If he wants to bring down the cost of MCS Accreditation, remove REAL membership, reduce insurance and all the other overheads, possiby do a bit of advertising so we don't have to keep replacing leaflets, changing adverts and finding new ways to get the message out there that.

If he can do some of that, I'd consider looking at my pricing.

Otherwise he can go forth and multiply
 
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sedgy34

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It's tough being at the top!!! I wish someone would cut his wages, and all his allowances see if he can do his job too then. Or would he still want to do his job at all, and get someone to inspect his work and he has to subscribe to being a minister
 
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Bet he earns more than we do....

If he wants to bring down the cost of MCS Accreditation, remove REAL membership, reduce insurance and all the other overheads, possiby do a bit of advertising so we don't have to keep replacing leaflets, changing adverts and finding new ways to get the message out there that.

If he can do some of that, I'd consider looking at my pricing.
My sentiments exactly - how do we cover the 3 month cycle of bust, some work and possible boom created by this ridiculous regime. With so much uncertainty about Green Deal how can we possibly diversify to fill the gaps created by this cycle?
 
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Berneray

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Thanks for your comments guys......What I don't understand is how a minster can legislate or control the price of installation of anything. Its like saying we are going to control the price of coke and popcorn in Cinemas.....Other than make intallations zero rated for VAT.....

Is he talking about having fixed prices for systems in order to qualify for FIT......or a price a system cannot go above....Well that would get rid of a lot of the nationals with their smart suited salesmen....But legally I don't see how it can be done....

They have tried with alcohol and thats coming unstuck....

DECC have stated several times they want the price of a 4kwp system to come down to £6000. I want the price of a new Merc to come down to £10,000 but I don't see that happening...

Barkers a Lib Dem isn't he....God help us.....As one well known Lib Dem said..."I didn't join this party to get into power"

My god...."A TASK REDUCTION TASK FORCE"....how much is that going to cost to set up...
 
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My god i really despise this guy, the nature of his quote bears a suggestion that the price of installations is too high, therefore the customers are being ripped off.You would think a government minister would be well aware of how business operates, overheads are going through the roof and are increasing by the month.It isnt all about some modules and in inverter Greg you complete buffoon.

I would love to slap this guy right across his chevy chase
 

SolarCity

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Barkers a Lib Dem isn't he....God help us.....As one well known Lib Dem said..."I didn't join this party to get into power"
Actually, he is a Tory.

You can tell by the unthinking, remorseless look in his eyes. The monotone robotic voice and the rotating black onyx ball where his heart should be. Only the Tory party could produce something like that. Barker wasn't born - he was forged in the pits of Hell, somewhere below a trap-door at Tory HQ. And they seriously messed his hair up too.
 

SolarCity

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Oh, and his skin. I hate that too. It gives him a lizard-like appearance. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he wandered into a DECC meeting one day, laid some eggs and slithered off under a gap in the skirting board. Disgusting, epicene reptilian Tory scum.
 

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