Sunny outlook for Broadland and South Norfolk

Solar panels on a house

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

The councils, along with other councils in Norfolk, have once again 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.

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. 

South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet member for Greener Economy, Cllr Lisa Neal, said:

"By teaming up with Solar Together and harnessing the power of bulk buying, we can offer our residents really competitive prices. Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint, but you can reduce your monthly outgoings."

Broadland's Porfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence, Cllr Jan Davis, said:

"Empowering our residents to harness solar energy is part of our promise to lead on projects and innovations which lessen the impacts of climate change. As many of our residents have already discovered, solar panels are a cost-effective and useful way to produce energy.” 

Doreen from Lingwood had 12 panels installed and said: “Our experience was good from the start to the end of the process. The engineers were polite and helpful. We would highly recommend Solar Together.”

Karen from Brandon, who had 14 panels installed, said: “It was fantastic - all my queries were answered promptly, the service from start to finish was very efficient and friendly.” 

If you're in Broadland register online for free and without obligation here

If you're in South Norfolk register online for free and without obligation here.   Register by 27 October, 2023, and then pre-vetted UK solar PV installers will participate in an 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 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, commented:

“With energy prices continuing to increase, residents of South Norfolk and Broadland 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."

Published: 6 September 2023