A scheme to help make it easier for local people and small businesses in South Norfolk to buy solar panels for generating energy is being launched this week (Sept 1).
Local councils in Norfolk have partnered with bulk buying specialist iChoosr to set up the scheme.
Solar Together Norfolk is a group-buying scheme where the more people and businesses who join, the better the price should be of the installation.
Last year’s scheme participating Norfolk households saved an average of 30 per cent against the market average on the cost of solar panels.
Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. It reduces carbon emissions and does not release any harmful pollutants. Once the installation has been paid, using electricity from the panels can reduce your energy bills.
Electricity not needed can be stored in batteries for later use. This year the scheme provides for batteries to be retro-fitted on properties which already have solar panels.
South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet member for a Clean and Safe Environment, Cllr Michael Edney said anything which helps the environment and cuts costs for homeowners and small businesses is worth taking into account.
Cllr Edney said: “Energy bills can be expensive and if there is a way to reduce these and help the environment then all the better. People may have wanted to change to solar energy in the past but been concerned about how they can go about it. We all want a clean and safe environment and if there are better, more environmentally friendly and cost-effective ways of generating energy then that is worth considering.”
Only pre-vetted installers are allowed to bid for the work through the Solar Together Norfolk scheme. The price of the installation depends on the number of people who join the scheme. Home and small business owners will be given an individual price without any obligation to go forward with the installation. Registration of interest closes on 6 October. To register your interest visit www.solartogether.co.uk/south-norfolk
If you accept the offer the installer will contact you to survey your roof and set an installation date. All installations are planned to be completed by the end of May 2021.
For detailed information on costs and the amount of energy you can expect to generate see www.solartogether.co.uk/south-norfolk.