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Harrow residents can boost renewable energy and cut carbon emissions with new solar panel scheme

Solar panels

New scheme can save on energy bills and increase renewable energy.

Harrow residents are coming together to invest in renewables through a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage.

Solar Together London helps Harrow’s homeowners feel confident that they are paying the right price for a high-quality installation from pre-approved installers.

This innovative scheme builds on three years of the highly successful Solar Together programme run across the UK which has delivered over 3,000 installations to date (including nearly 1,000 in London) and almost 50,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.  

From 15th February 2021, Harrow residents can join the group-buying scheme which offers solar panels with optional battery storage as well as retrofit battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate as well as increase their independence from the grid.

It is free to register and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation. Harrow Council is working in partnership with the Mayor of London, and independent experts iChoosr, to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible.

How does it work?

  • From 15th February 2021: Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.
  • Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction on 23 March. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which 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 which, together with 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:

“With residents of Harrow looking for opportunities to reduce their carbon emissions, save on energy bills and increase their independence from the grid, the Solar Together group-buying scheme offers a straightforward way to make an informed decision and to access a competitive offer from a trusted, vetted provider.”

Cllr Varsha Parmar, Environment and Equalities Portfolio Holder, said:

“Anything we do to help reduce our impact upon the planet has got to be good news. Solar panels are effective and productive – and this scheme will help to make them more affordable and help generate more renewable energy. Harrow Council has declared a climate emergency and is working in partnership with the Mayor of London to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible. This initiative is part of Harrow Council’s commitment to support action in our community that will significantly reduce the borough’s greenhouse gas emissions over coming years.”

Cllr Phillip O’Dell, Housing Portfolio Holder, said:

“This represents a great scheme for residents and can save them money on their energy bills. Having your own
solar panels can be an intelligent investment; not only can you save on your energy bill, but you will be powering your home with clean energy.
“Harrow is committed to helping to tackle the climate emergency and make the world a better place for our children.”

Published: 16th February 2021