13 September 2021 Climate

Second opportunity to get savings on solar panels 

If you want to save on energy bills and cut your carbon emissions by generating your own clean electricity, you can apply to a Sussex-wide scheme to get discounts on installing high quality solar panels. 

Homeowners have until Tuesday 28 September to register for the second round of Solar Together Sussex.

We’re working in partnership with other local Sussex councils on this innovative scheme offering high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to help deliver our pledge of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030.

More than 60 households in the city have had solar panels installed through the scheme so far.

Solar Together Sussex

Solar Together Sussex is a group-buying scheme, which brings households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price.

The scheme is run in conjunction with councils across Sussex and iChoosr, and uses a group buying approach to secure significant savings on solar panel installations by accredited contractors.

We’ve learnt what went well from the first round and are looking to make any improvements we can for round two to ensure a smooth customer journey for participants. 

We’re also encouraging more local solar installers to bid for the work when it becomes available.

You can register your interest in the scheme on the Brighton & Hove section of the Solar Together website

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

Once registration closes, pre-vetted, accredited installers will tender for the work. This approach helps to drive prices down and ensure that residents get a high-quality solar PV system and save money.

Planning permission may be needed to install solar panels, including on listed buildings and in conversation areas. For more information, read our planning guidance on installing solar panels.

If your house is suitable for solar panels, you will receive a personal recommendation outlining the cost and return on investment.

Becoming a carbon neutral city

Councillor Siriol Hugh-Jones, co-chair of the housing committee, said: “We’re committed to our city becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

“Energy usage on the city’s homes is crucial to achieving this target. Installing solar PV panels can drastically cut carbon emissions and help save money on fuel bills.

“This is our second year of supporting Solar Together Sussex. A fair few residents have already benefitted from the scheme and I am grateful to those who have given me their feedback on how the scheme worked for them. 

“I hope more city residents take advantage of this second round to look at the advantages renewable energy from solar panels can bring.”

For residents who already have solar panels, Solar Together Sussex can also help with the installation of a battery storage system to store surplus energy for use when it is needed later in the day.

Go to www.solartogether.co.uk/brightonandhove for more information and details about how to register. 

When you register, you will need to provide some basic information about your roof, including its size and orientation, to find out whether your house is suitable for solar panels.

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