Solar panel and storage group-buying scheme to launch across Wiltshire
By Wiltshire Council (edited)
Swindon and Wiltshire residents are being encouraged to come together to invest in renewable energy generation through a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage.
Wiltshire Council is working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council and independent experts iChoosr, to deliver the Solar Together Wiltshire scheme which aims to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible.
Solar Together Wiltshire will help Swindon and Wiltshire homeowners feel confident that they are paying the right price for a high-quality installation from pre-approved installers.
The bargaining power created by coming together as a group is the core principle behind Solar Together. This enhanced buying power allows the scheme to offer more competitive pricing than individual homeowners might get if entering the market alone.
All Wiltshire and Swindon residents who own their own house, or have permission from the landlord to install solar panels, have from 09 May until 14 June 2022 to register for the scheme. Small and medium-sized enterprises (non-domestic) and Commonhold Associations meeting this requirement can participate as well. It is free to register and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation.
The initiative offers solar panels with optional battery storage and EV charge points, as well as offering battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate and increase their independence from the grid. This scheme builds on four years of highly successful Solar Together programmes, run across the UK. To date Solar Together has delivered more than 7,000 installations and more than 130,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.
How does it work?
- From 9 May until 14 June: Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.
- Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction on 14 June. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass onto customers.
- After the auction, registered households will be emailed a personal recommendation that is specific to the details they submitted in their registration. This will include the costs and specifications of the system.
- If householders choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey, after which a date can be set for the installation of their solar PV system.
- Telephone and email helpdesks are on-hand throughout the whole process which, together with online information sessions, will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.
Residents from across Swindon and Wiltshire who wish to contact iChoosr should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 048 8113.
For those in Wiltshire not eligible for this scheme, but are looking for ideas on lowering their carbon footprint, or how to access support or grants for energy efficiency in homes, then please visit Climate change - what can you do as an individual?.
Swindon residents can find out more about what they can do to play their part in tackling climate change, while also reading about what other initiatives are already taking place across the town, by visiting Be The Change,