Thousands of households across Suffolk able to save money and reduce their carbon footprint

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Residents who registered with Solar Together Suffolk, will be offered savings of around 20% on new solar panels for their homes.

solartogetherlogoSuffolk residents who registered their interest with Solar Together Suffolk, to generate their own solar power, will be offered savings of around 20% on new solar panels for their homes.

More than 5,000 households in the region stand to benefit from this great discount, following the success of the council-led group buying scheme for solar panels. Solar Together Suffolk, led by Suffolk County Council, has joined forces with similar schemes in Essex and Norfolk and thousands of homeowners will soon be receiving their personalised offers for a new Solar PV system.

As an example of typical savings, a home which was quoted for 14 solar panels (3.8 kW) on its roof would save around £1,100. Installation would typically cost £5,200 in the current market, but with the Solar Together scheme, it will now cost around £4,100.

The expected outcome of this scheme is a phenomenal 2.5 MW of installed solar power which will save some 880 tons of CO2 emissions.

Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said:

“Over 2,700 Suffolk households registered an interest in installing solar panels. I’m delighted that this scheme will reduce people’s energy bills and enable households to earn money from the power they generate.

"It is also important for Suffolk, as it is another step towards Creating the Greenest County, as we reduce our carbon footprint further and support more sources of renewable energy.”

The winning contractor for the installations is EEC Ltd. which has 27 years of experience specialising in renewable energy, security, electrical, plumbing and home improvements. Over the last nine years it has installed more than 15,000 renewable energy systems. The discount they will be able to pass on to Solar Together Suffolk residents will be between 18% and 22% below the typical market price.

Ruud Frijstein, UK Solar Manager at iChoosr, the group buying specialist, said:

“We have run many schemes over the years in Belgium, the Netherlands, London and Norfolk but this scheme covering the East of England signals the way forward for councils to encourage solar adoption amongst their residents in volume.

"Such a project provides a safe environment for those residents to make an informed decision to install a quality PV system at a competitive price.”

It is not too late to register your interest for solar panels to be installed in your home. Registration will remain open to households until 19 October, simply visit www.solartogethersuffolk.co.uk It is free to register and there is no obligation to buy.

Registrants will also be invited to visit information events being organised throughout the three counties.