In november 2011 I have signed a contract with EUROFRANCE SOLAIR (EFS) for an 9 Kv photovoltaic installation. The commercial explained to me that they would install in december and the installation would be connected to the ERDFnet in januari, hence production. They proposed a loan to fund this wich I signed with SYGMA BANQUE, the whole enterprise would be 'autopayant', meaning the montly payments would be covered by the money we made by selling the electricity to ERDF. To make this possible the first installment for the loan would be in february 2013, so we could sell a years worth of electricity to ERDF wich would create an financial buffer to start the monthly payments.
Off course there was delay, installment of the panels was done in january. Not very well done, so we started up an exchange per phone, later e-mail to get things installed correctly. Surprisingly, in july, a visit from the 'consuel'was planned. They need to approve the installation before it is connected to the net. The inspector off course was shocked, made a list of things in need of correction (and btw approved the installation to my surprise).
In a nutshell, with a lot of trouble, the installation is refitted and connected per 13th february.
By then we began to get afraid of the finacial consequences of this drama. No production, and a loan to pay, which was not in the budget.... EFS suggested to search another bank to get a new loan, and offered to pay the fine to SYGMA BANQUE. So that we did, but SYGMA BANQUE not only demanded the fine of 1%, but also the interest over the period february 2012 (when they payed EFS the money) untill january 2013. The total was € 2868.70.
So, now we not only missed out on a year of production, worth about € 7500, but also payed an extra 2868.70 on top.
I demanded EFS to reimbourse me the total of 2868.70, and threatened them with an alternative of a lawsuit to demand that amount, plus the loss of the yaers production, plus the costs of lawers an tribunal, including interest.
They now offer € 550.
1. are there more people with problems with EFS?
2. If they do not pay up, what more can I do myself to get them to agree?
3. Is it feasable to sue them for this amount?
4. Do lawyers in France work 'no cure no pay'?, because to be frankly our reserves are spread pretty thin now.
5. Does anybody know a lawyer who can do this kind of work, preferably in the area between Bergerac and Sarlat?
Be greatfull for some answers!