Have you ever thought of getting solar panels?

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Homeowners in Wealden have another opportunity to join a scheme to get solar panels installed on their roof in order to generate renewable electricity.

By installing solar panels on your home, you can cut your bills and reduce your reliance on fossil fuels.

People who own their home (or those with permission from their landlord) can register their interest to receive a free quote through a group-buying scheme.

Solar Together Sussex includes solar panels with optional battery storage and electric vehicle charging points.

Solar electricity panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity.

Batteries enable excess energy generated on a sunny day to be stored for when your solar panels aren’t generating enough electricity to power your appliances. Those households that have already got solar panels can get battery storage retrofitted.

This is the second time Wealden District Council has participated, with other local councils across Sussex, in the scheme. In 2020, Wealden saw the highest number of people across East Sussex registering to take part. Cllr Roy Galley, Cabinet Member for Climate Change said:

The first Solar Together Sussex auction was a great success and has helped hundreds of Sussex residents to install solar panels for a great price.

Cllr Roy Galley

How does the group-buying scheme work

Pre-approved installers submit bids in an auction. Registered households then receive a personal recommendation, based on the details they submitted about their requirements, the size of roof and which direction it faces. You can take part in information sessions, when you will find-out more about solar panels and can ask any questions about the scheme. It is then up to you to decide if you want to proceed with the installation. Homeowners are of course able to get competitive quotes directly from trusted installers to enable them to make comparisons.

In 2020, the auction winner was EEC Solar. 138 households took-up the offer in Wealden, and so far 32 installations have been completed (to approximately 20th July). Across East Sussex, 265 accepted the offer and 48 have completed the installation. Covid-19 has understandably impacted on the schedule to carry-out surveys and installations.

Independent advice

If you are thinking of getting renewable energy you might want to seek independent advice. The Energy Saving Trust estimate the average cost of a domestic solar system is around £4,800 and their comprehensive guide helps you to understand how much you could save if you install solar panels and how to get the most out of them. Take a look at their website to also see information about alternative types of renewable energy and heating systems, such as air source heat pumps. NEA have some useful leaflets and Which also offer consumer advice for those considering renewable energy.

Installers

You can fill-in an installers application form if you want to be a sub-contractor. Solar Together will giveyour details to the participating suppliers. These suppliers may choose to contact you when they need sub-contractors to assist them in the scheme.

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