Following the announcement that a farming couple have received a landmark compensation pay-out for a wind turbine that threatened their life savings when it failed to deliver on the manufacturer’s claims, Satish Jakhu, director and head of litigation at Rubric Lois King Solicitors, who represented the couple, urges other farmers with faulty wind turbines to come forward.
Many farmers may wrongfully believe there is nothing they can do if they have been mis-sold a wind turbine by a company that then goes into liquidation, but the landmark compensation pay-out to Mr and Mrs Beaumont proves there is hope.
Purchasing a wind turbine originally seemed a sound investment for the Beaumonts. They paid £40,000 for a 10kW turbine in 2010, manufactured by Evoco Energy Limited and resold by Newgen Renewables Limited.
At the time, the reseller claimed the Beaumonts stood to see a return on investment of around £250,000, or £15,000 a year. However, the wind turbine was plagued by problems and was eventually deemed unsafe, along with around 170 other turbines. The couple’s turbine had generated just £7,000 in the six operational months of its 13-month lifespan.
The Beaumonts started legal proceedings to recover their investment in 2012 and in 2014, faced with complaints and the threat of legal action from several other owners of defective wind turbines, Evoco went into liquidation. The Beaumonts’ case was progressed against Evoco, the reseller (and the insurer) and was settled at the end of March 2015. This landmark case should encourage others in a similar situation to come forward to claim the compensation that is rightfull