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Solar power, the bright alternative for West Berkshire residents

Let us help you harness the power of the sun with solar energy - the smart way to power your home!

Posted by: Communications team on 30 June 2023 10:30
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West Berkshire Council and Solar Together Berkshireare working in partnership tohelp local homeowners turn sunlight into electricity by investing in to renewables through a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage.

This innovative scheme builds on six years of highly successful Solar Together programmes run across the UK. To date, Solar Together has delivered over 17,000 installations and over 350,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions. 

West Berkshire residents can join this group-buying scheme which offers not just solar panels, but optional battery storage and EV charge points too. There's also retrofit battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are just looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate whilst increasing their independence from the grid. It is free to register and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation.

We are working in partnership with our neighbouring Berkshire authorities and independent experts, iChoosr, to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible.

Cllr Adrian Abbs, Executive Member for Climate Action, Recycling and Biodiversity at West Berkshire Council, said:

"Joining the Solar Together West Berkshire scheme is a great way to deliver on the principle of Saving Money and the Environment (SMATE). It also builds on the recently announced Big Community Switch. Both are essential for West Berkshire as a whole to meet a net zero target as soon as possible."

How does it work?

  • Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.
  • Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in a reverse auction. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass on with lower prices for installations.
  • After the auction, registered households will be emailed a personal recommendation specific to the details they submitted in their registration.
  • If they choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey after which a date can be set for the installation of their solar PV system.
  • Helpdesks are on-hand throughout the whole process which, together with information sessions, will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.
  • The installation contract is between the householder and the relevant service provider. The promotion of this scheme is cost neutral to the Council.

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager added:

"With energy prices continuing to increase, residents of Berkshire 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."

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Last modified: 05 July 2023 11:02

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