Published date 19 October 2021

Brighter future as 5,000+ local people register for solar panel scheme

Man with solar panels

As energy bills soar due to rising gas prices and a shortage of supply, over 5,000 West of England residents have signed up to a scheme that promises to help them save money and play an important part in cutting carbon emissions.

By clubbing together, everyone who has registered for the West of England Combined Authority-run scheme will get an opportunity for cheaper deals to install solar panels and set up a battery storage system at home.

In total 5,222 people across the region registered for solar panels and 536 for battery storage. Work is planned to be completed by April next year.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Energy price hikes are a real concern to everyone right now, and it’s good that so many local people have signed up to this new scheme which aims to help them save money and protect the planet.

“It means people can generate their own clean electricity, save money on their energy bills, and play an important part cutting harmful carbon emissions, helping reach our ambitious net zero targets.”

It is anticipated that on average householders will save 22% on the cost of solar panels or battery storage systems. 

The scheme is being run in partnership with an independent group-buying organisation called iChoosr.

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