Thousands of locals register for solar panel scheme

By Jessica Durston - 20 June 2022

Community

Over 10,000 residents across Swindon and Wiltshire registered for Solar Together Wiltshire - a solar panel group buying scheme.

The Solar Together Wiltshire group buying scheme is being run by Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and independent experts iChoosr.

Strong interest in the scheme was driven by rising energy prices, the removal of 5% VAT previously payable on solar installations and the need to address climate change by switching away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The core principle behind Solar Together is harnessing the buying and bargaining power of bringing together a group of residents.

This allows the scheme to offer more competitive pricing than residents might get if entering the market alone.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a typical domestic solar photovoltaic system could save around one tonne of carbon per year, depending on where you live in the UK.

Over 20 previous Solar Together schemes run across the UK resulting in over 8,400 installations of solar panels and batteries to store the energy generated.

Those residents who have registered their interest in the scheme will begin to receive a costed recommendation from 4 July onwards.

The price will be based on the outcome of the reverse auction held by iChoosr on 17 June and appointment of the winning installers.

Any queries in relation to Solar Together Wiltshire can be emailed to iChoosr at wiltshire@solartogether.co.uk or calling 0800 048 8113.

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