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12 December 2018

South Australia’s consumer watchdog has suspended the licence of a Manningham-based electrician for six months, due to ongoing concerns over the safety of his work.

In October, the Office of the Technical Regulator issued a public warning about potentially dangerous installations of solar photovoltaic panels undertaken by David Dare around the State.

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said the electrician had been trading under the name Synergy Solar and Electrical, but had also performed installations on behalf of other solar energy companies.

“We are aware of properties that this individual has worked on around Yorke Peninsula, the West Coast, the Flinders Ranges, the Clare Valley and the mid north, where audits revealed substandard work,” Mr Soulio said.

“And we agree with the Office of the Technical Regulator’s assessment that his work could pose a danger to both persons and property.

“In addition, I have been advised that where this individual had claimed to have rectified issues, any remedial work was not satisfactory and breaches still existed.

“As such, I have formed the view that Mr Dare’s conduct has demonstrated such a serious lack of competence and disregard for the law that he poses a danger to the public and should not be allowed to perform electrical work.”

Mr Soulio said Consumer and Business Services would continue to work with the Office for the Technical Regulator to consider whether further action should be taken against Mr Dare.

“In the meantime, if anyone has concerns about work they believe may have been undertaken by Mr Dare, they should contact CBS on 131-882 or the Office of the Technical Regulator on 08 8226 5500,” he said.