A group-buying energy scheme which can help Leicestershire residents invest in solar panels to save on energy bills and cut carbon emissions returns this week.
Councils across the county are working together as part of the Green Living Leicestershire Partnership to help householders make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible.
The scheme, under the Solar Together Leicestershire umbrella, helps homeowners feel confident they are paying the right price for a high-quality installation from pre-approved installers by joining a group-buying initiative through iChoosr.
Authorities involved include Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, Melton Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.
Residents can sign up for free on their own Council’s website and registrations are now open.
People who register will be entered into an auction, where solar PV suppliers compete by offering the lowest rate for solar panel installation. The more people who are registered, the lower the price can be.
Working with iChoosr, independent energy auction experts, Solar Together then provides those signed up with a free, no-obligation offer from the successful energy supplier. Personalised information will be emailed out with information on the winning solar panel installer, the proposed system, costs and savings ready for residents to make their choice.
This innovative scheme builds on six years of highly successful Solar Together programmes run across the UK with the Solar Together Leicestershire involved for the last 12 months.
To date Solar Together has delivered more than 14,000 installations and more than 300,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions across the country.
In Leicestershire the first round of the scheme enabled 397 households to purchase and install solar panels on their homes. And there are around 100 still to go. This will save 589 tonnes of CO2 and will produce 1,100kW of solar power per year across the county.
iChoosr’s group-buying offer covers solar panels with optional battery storage and EV charge points, as well as retrofit battery storage. This means residents who have already invested in solar panels can still benefit, getting more from the renewable energy they generate, as well as increasing their independence from the grid.
Producing your own solar power is a brilliant way to save money on energy bills whilst also helping to reduce your carbon footprint.
Solar Together is a great scheme for people to be part of and I would encourage any residents interested in generating their own electricity and help us reach net zero as a county by 2045 to register.
Person:Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for the environment and the green agenda
Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager, added: “With energy prices continuing to increase, residents of Leicestershire are looking for opportunities to reduce their carbon emissions, save on energy bills and increase their independence from the grid. The Solar Together group-buying scheme offers a straightforward way to make an informed decision and to access a competitive offer from a trusted, vetted provider.”
To find out more on the scheme, visit the Solar Together web section.