Surrey County Council is to offer homeowners the opportunity to buy solar PV through a group-buying scheme as it becomes the latest to join Solar Together. Having been running for three years, the Solar Together programme has delivered almost 4,000 installations. Alongside offering the chance to purchase solar PV, it also allows households who already have solar to purchase battery storage. Earlier this year, Richmond Council signed up to the scheme, working with the Mayor of London, who in 2018 launched the second phase of the London-specific branch, expanding the scheme by a further eight boroughs from the initial four. As of yesterday (24 May), households in Surrey are able to register their interest with no obligation. Pre-approved solar PV suppliers will then participate in an auction on 29 June, offering competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies.
Solar Power Portal 25th May 2021 read more »
When the UK Government cancelled the Green Homes Grant scheme, it announced that it would distribute some of the remaining cash to local authorities. Now those local authorities are starting to launch their own schemes, with Leeds City Council offering free solar panels to some residents. Leeds City Council has secured £5.6 million from the Government’s Green homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, with the local authority offering a technology that was previously not available under the central Government’s scheme – solar panels. Eligible residents in Leeds will have the option to install solar panels completely free of charge, although cavity wall insulation and external wall insulation is also on the menu for those wanting green home upgrades. Unlike the hundreds of thousands of houses that could have benefited from the Green Homes Grant scheme, Leeds City Council says that its funds will only cover around 685 of the city’s coldest and most energy inefficient homes.
Electrical Review 25th May 2021 read more »