Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

10/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/01/2019 05:41

save money with special deal for solar panels

TAMESIDE homeowners have the chance to cut carbon emissions and save money thanks to a new scheme offering solar panels at highly competitive prices.

Residents can now join Solar Together Greater Manchester - a solar photovoltaic (PV) group-buying scheme. It's free to register and there's no obligation to install panels.

Tameside and the other nine Greater Manchester boroughs have partnered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and group-buying specialist, iChoosr to bring this opportunity to homeowners.

Solar Together Greater Manchester - www.solartogether.co.uk/tameside - helps the region's homeowners feel confident that they are paying the right price for a high-quality installation from a vetted company and allowing them to boost renewable energy generation.

The project follows three highly successful schemes run across the country last year which led to more than 1,650 installations and an impressive 35,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council's executive member with responsibility for the environment, commented: 'I'm sure many of our residents will be interested in this innovative scheme which allows them to look into the possibility of installing money-saving solar panels but without any obligation.

'Like its partner councils, Tameside is working hard to reduce emissions. A scheme like Solar Together can only help us get closer to our target of becoming carbon-neutral, and I welcome it.'

How does it work?

  • Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.
  • Pre-vetted UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction on 22 October. They are able to offer compelling pricing as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass on with lower 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.
  • Telephone and email helpdesks are on hand throughout the whole process and information sessions will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK solar manager added: 'Solar Together Greater Manchester reaches out to the thousands of households interested in reducing their environmental impact by exploring solar energy but would welcome a helping hand on their journey to making an informed decision.'

iChoosr has a strong track record of organising group purchase schemes for local authorities. It has worked with 160 UK councils on its collective energy switching schemes.

In 2018 UK councils, in collaboration with iChoosr, initiated their collective purchase schemes for solar PV systems. iChoosr's collective schemes have been embraced by 120 local authorities in The Netherlands and Belgium. More than 25 schemes led to 50,000 residents installing solar PV systems - a total of 175 MW of power.