Solar developer properties Solarplicity is preparing the imminent launch of a low-subsidy residential solar model that could see thousands of housing association installed with PV, Solar Power Portal can reveal. Last month SPP reported that Solarplicity had dipped its toes into the energy supply market by acquiring independent supply firm Lo CO2 Energy, emailing customers of the Watford-based supplier to notify them of the change in ownership. This deal has proven to be a vital element of much broader plans to roll-out significant quantities of residential solar in the UK. Speaking to SPP this morning David Elbourne, chief executive at Solarplicity, revealed that the deal was actually an “important addition” to the group which is expected to begin work on the first housing association properties within the next three weeks. The model will see Solarplicity install solar on a housing association’s portfolio with individual tenants signing a power purchase agreement which essentially sees the company become their electricity provider. Solarplicity sells electricity produced by the solar system to the tenant, as well as any additional electricity the household requires. The latter is sold to the house at what Solarplicity has termed a “fair market price”, guaranteed to be lower than that of the ‘Big Six’. Tenants also pay no standing charge in another money-saving departure from other electricity tariffs. Elbourne revealed that the model works by ensuring that properties self-consume around 80% of the electricity they produce, equating to an average solar install size of between 1 and 1.5kWp.
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Rooftop solar panels in towns and cities across Scotland were able to generate more than the average home’s demand for electricity throughout May in an “extraordinary month for renewables”, according to WWF Scotland. Analysis of solar data by WeatherEnergy found that homes in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and more were able to generate over 100% of the average household electricity demand, with rooftop solar in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands producing the most kWh last month.
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