Merton Council is giving residents and business a second chance to get high quality, competitively priced solar panels, with the launch of phase two of the Solar Together London scheme.
In Partnership with the Mayor of London, Merton has been joined by 10 other London Boroughs, all working together using group-buying to unlock significant savings from suppliers.
After residents have registered to be part of the scheme, a group of pre-approved solar panel suppliers take part in a reverse auction (where prices are driven down by competition between suppliers) to provide panels to interested residents and businesses. The winning company in the first phase of the scheme was SolarCentury (together with Ikea), which offered an average saving of 35 per cent on the cost of solar installations.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted to launch the second phase of Solar Together London. This will offer even more Londoners the opportunity to buy and install solar panels for their homes and small businesses at a significant saving.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: It is good to see that so many Merton residents have already taken advantage of the Solar Together Scheme. I urge all eligible households who have not yet signed-up to do so. Opportunities such as these give our residents the chance to get high quality competitively priced solar panels through a hassle free process, and fitted by an approved installer. Solar panels not only help residents to cut their energy bills – but also provide a local, clean supply of energy, helping Merton to become an even more sustainable borough.”
Registration is now open to households within London. After registering on www.solartogether.co.uk, householders will be able to review their personal offer to get an understanding of the cost, and the potential discount, that they could secure by buying through the group scheme. It is free to register and there is no obligation to buy. All personal offers will become available from Monday 10 September. Registrants will also be invited to visit information events in the leading boroughs.
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How does it work?
- From today: London 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 August. They are able to offer compelling offers as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies which they pass on with lower prices for installations.
- After the auction, from 10 September, registered households will receive a personalised offer from the winning supplier, which is specific to the details they submitted in their registration.
- If they choose to accept their offer before it expires (on 19 October), 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. All installations will be complete prior to the end of the Feed in Tariff availability to new applicants.
- Telephone and email helpdesks available throughout the whole process as well as information sessions will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.
Residents can visit www.solartogether.co.uk to register or for more information call the iChoosr help desk on 0800 0606 509 Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:30pm.