Solar panel buying scheme returns to help Norfolk residents

A young man and a woman looking at solar panels and touching them with their young son

Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils are once again offering their residents the chance to be part of a scheme to help make it easier for homeowners and small businesses to buy solar panels.

The councils, along with other councils in Norfolk, have partnered with bulk buying specialist iChoosr to set up Solar Together Norfolk, which is a group-buying scheme where the more people and businesses who join, the better the price should be of the installation.

This scheme builds on three years of the successful Solar Together programme run across the UK, which has delivered almost 5,000 installations to date and over 80,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.

In previous years, participating Norfolk households have saved an average of 30 per cent against the market average on the cost of solar panels.

The scheme offers solar panels with optional battery storage as well as retrofit battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate as well as increase their independence from the grid. 

It is free to register and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation. 

Householders can register online for free and without obligation via the Solar Together Broadland webpage or the Solar Together South Norfolk webpage.    

Pre-vetted UK solar PV installers will participate in an auction on 28 September, 2021. 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 receive a personal recommendation which is 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.

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager, said:

“The Solar Together group-buying scheme offers a simple process and the reassurance of a trusted and vetted installer for residents of South Norfolk and Broadland who are looking for ways to reduce their carbon emissions, save on energy bills and increase their independence from the grid.” 

Published: 2 September 2021