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Solar Energy Savings Ltd

The SFO is conducting a criminal investigation into Solar Energy Savings Limited and contracts that it entered into for the supply and fitting of domestic solar panels.

The case concerns the selling of solar panels to customers of Solar Energy Savings Limited, a company formerly based in the North West, and the offer of a “360 Returns Scheme” promising the return of 100% of their purchase monies on maturity.  PV Solar Direct Limited and Ultra Energy Global Limited were then also used to generate further sales of solar panels.  The suspected fraud is believed to have created many victims, the majority of whom are older people, estimated to have together lost over £13m.

Seven British men, including five former Directors of Solar Energy Savings Limited, have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud following the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into Solar Energy Savings Limited, PV Solar Direct Limited and Ultra Energy Global Limited.

Stephen Wilson, Gary McVey, Robert Ross, Niall Hastie and Kenneth Reid all attended police stations in the North of England on 29 March 2017 and were charged and bailed to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 25 April 2017.

At the first appearance hearing on the 25 April, a further hearing was set for 23 May 2017 at Manchester Crown Court.

Two other former Directors Ludovic Black (also known as Victor Black) and David Diaz (also known as David Black and David Stark) had failed to surrender to bail in February and were arrested on Saturday evening by Cheshire Police in Widnes after seven months on the run. Both appeared at Warrington Magistrates Court on 25 September and were remanded in custody to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on 23 October 2017.

Note: Please note that the SFO’s investigation concerns Solar Energy Savings Limited, which had a registered number with Companies House of 07049599. Other companies exist that have similar names but are not part of our investigation.

Call for evidence


The SFO appealing for witnesses with any information that might be of use, particularly in the north of England and Scotland. Any such submissions and information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. To report, please use our secure reporting form and include the word “Solar” in the subject line.

Page published on 29 Jan 2015 | Page modified on 8 Dec 2017