Protecting consumers and
REAL's role in helping to resolve complaints is set out below. First of all we establish from the consumer what s/he sees the unresolved issues to be, and we clarify what s/he would see as a reasonable outcome to the complaint. We then present the consumer's report and desired outcome to the REAL member requesting that they provide a report into the situation. Once we have this we attempt to negotiate between both parties in pursuit of a fair and satisfactory conclusion.
In the event that a resolution is not reached, however, there are further options open to the consumer, the details of which are set out in the Code. Please note that if you decide to take legal action against the company we will not be able to take your complaint forward. Please not also that if your complaint relates in any way to the technical aspects of the installation of your system or the products installed we will ask your permission to refer the complaint to the relevant MCS Certification Body whose responsibility it is to resolve these complaints.
In the event that you are seeking compensation from a REAL member, please be aware that REAL can only address requests for compensation of actual loss suffered. Requests for compensation regarding unsubstantiated loss (such as inconvenience or loss of earnings) are not within our remit to pursue.
The expertise of members together with the high standards of service set out in this Code should ensure that the overwhelming majority of the energy generators supplied and installed under the scheme are free from manufacturing or installation faults. Occasionally, however, problems can and do occur.
This scheme has been set up with the intention of providing a means of complaint resolution that should be cheaper, faster and more effective than court action. Nothing in this Code prevents the consumer from seeking a legal remedy to their complaint, if they consider this to be the more appropriate action. A diagram showing the complaints procedure can be found here.
If a consumer has a complaint about a member, they both parties should use the following procedure:
The consumer may use a consumer representative or observer to help deal with a complaint. In this case, members must co-operate fully with this person. In the event that the complaint is of a technical nature the scheme administrator will seek the consumer's consent for the details to be shared with the relevant MCS certification body and the relevant trading standards department.
Please note that we will not share your personal data with any other body under any circumstances unless you specifically give us your permission to do so in writing. We comply with the key principles of the Data Protection Act 1988. See the relevant guidance from the Information Commissioner in this respect.
The way we handle your complaint will depend to some extent on its nature and when we receive it. The diagram here shows you how we decide on the process, and how we work jointly with MCS and the certification bodies to resolve complaints.