Published: Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
Households across Broadland that want to save on energy bills and generate their own solar power are set to benefit following the success of Solar Together.
Residents in the district are the among the 5,000 households across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex who participated in the group-buying scheme, which culminated in a one-day auction process - organised by iChoosr - aimed at getting everyone the best deal.
Competing contractors submitted offers that were between 18% and 22% below market price with the winning contractor revealed as EEC Ltd, a company that has installed more than 15,000 renewable energy systems over the past nine years.
Everyone registered will receive a personalised offer to an installed Solar PV system and there is no obligation to buy. On average, people will save 20% on the cost of solar panels for their home compared with if they had sought a quote on their own, not as part of Solar Together. The expected outcome of this scheme is 2.5 MW of installed solar power, which will save some 880 tons of CO2 emissions, according to iChoosr.
Cllr John Fisher, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence, said:
“I'm pleased to see so many of our residents set to benefit by the buying power that coming together as a group gives you. This fantastic opportunity to get high quality solar panels at a competitive price means that, ultimately, people will be able generate their own renewable energy. This is good news for the environment and should help people to reduce their energy bill."
Ruud Frijstein, iChoosr’s UK Solar Manager said: “We have run many schemes over the years in Belgium, the Netherlands, London and Norfolk, and this scheme covering the East of England signals the way forward for UK councils to encourage solar adoption amongst their residents in volume while providing a safe environment for those residents to make an informed decision to install a quality PV system at a competitive price.”
Registration will remain open to households until 19 October.
Information sessions are being held for all Solar Together subscribers - find out when and where.