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Last chance for Harlow residents to get a good deal on solar panels

General / Tue 16th Mar 2021 at 09:43am

ESSEX County Council is urging residents and businesses not to miss the opportunity to produce clean energy and save on their household bills with Solar Together Essex – a council initiative that helps households and businesses to purchase high quality solar panels at a discounted rate. 

Going solar is easy with Solar Together Essex – so far more than 4,100 households and businesses have signed up to the scheme. Essex residents have until 23 March to register their interest for free and without commitment to purchase.

Registering for Solar Together Essex is quick and straightforward; interested customers simply provide basic details about their roof size and orientation. The more people that register, the better the deal for each household or business. An auction will be held on 23 March where pre-vetted installers submit bids. The most competitive package will win the auction. 

Everyone who has registered will be sent a personalised offer, providing installation costs and return on investment of the solar panel installation. There is no obligation to continue to purchase and residents will have until the 21 May to decide.

Brian from Thaxted estimates he saved more than £1,000 in his solar installation as part of the 2018 Solar Together Essex campaign. He said: “Agree group discount is the best way of obtaining the best price from top vetted contractor. Reckon I have saved more than £1,000 than on my own in open market. Also liked information freely available without pressure – I have seen pressure before from commission hungry salespeople.”

The ‘Solar Together Essex’ scheme is a step towards reducing carbon emissions as part of Essex County Council’s commitment to become a net zero County by 2050. The scheme last ran in 2018 when more than 300 people across the county installed solar panels saving an average 20% in the price of solar panels and 286 tonnes of carbon per year.

Battery storage is also available under the scheme. This saves unused energy generated by solar panels, meaning that people can use energy whenever they want, rather than just during the day, further cutting their energy bills. 

Registering can be done online at essex.gov.uk/solartogether or by calling 0800 048 8639 to register and receive correspondence by post. Lines are open Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 5:00pm. 

Solar Together Essex is one of the activities that Essex County Council is delivering as part of the Empower 2.0 project, which is funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme. The aim of Empower 2.0 is to increase the amount of renewable energy installations owned by individuals and community organisations in the UK and the EU.

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