A NEW scheme from Warwickshire County Council (WCC) aims to make it easier and cheaper for residents to use solar panels to power their homes.
Solar Together Warwickshire is a group-buying scheme which brings Warwickshire households together to get solar panels at a competitive price, and help residents through the process.
The scheme is a collaboration with IChoosr, the council’s partner on the Switch and Save Warwickshire collective energy buying scheme.
For those residents who already have Solar panels installed on their homes, Solar Together Warwickshire can also help with the procurement and installation of innovative battery storage technology.
WCC’s environment, heritage and culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “Many people may assume that solar power is not right for them or that it is too expensive. At Warwickshire County Council we are keen to see as many homeowners as possible join the solar evolution and embrace solar power and home battery storage solutions.
“Solar Together Warwickshire is here to ensure the process of deciding on Solar is as easy and, most importantly, as cheap as possible.
“There is already lots of fantastic work going on within Warwickshire County Council and our communities across the county to help reduce Carbon footprints and minimise the effects we all have on our fast-changing climate.
“Solar Together Warwickshire is a shining example of how we are helping our residents to make Warwickshire the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations.”
Residents can register for free and without any obligation before March 23.
A supplier ‘auction’ will be held on March 23, when all approved solar suppliers will bid for the work in Warwickshire. The lowest bid wins, and the more people who register, the better the deal should be for each household.
After the auction, from April 12, residents will be contacted with a personal recommendation based on the specifications of their roof.
Residents will have until May 21 to decide whether or not to proceed, and will be invited to an online information session where they can hear more from the winning installer.
If residents’ decide to proceed, arrangements will be made for installation.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/solartogether for more information and to sign up.