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Deadline draws near on Norfolk solar panels scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:24 11 June 2015 | UPDATED: 07:24 11 June 2015

Norwich City Council is running a solar panel scheme.

Norwich City Council is running a solar panel scheme.

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A city council cabinet member is urging people to join an innovative solar panel scheme before its deadline date this month.

Vaughan ThomasVaughan Thomas

Vaughan Thomas, the member for affordable warmth and energy efficiency at Norwich City Council, said that the authority’s scheme could save people cash and help the environment.

Solar Together Norfolk is led by the city council in partnership with Broadland District, South Norfolk and North Norfolk councils and specialist collective purchasing company iChoosr.

More than 1,500 households have registered so far to get competitively-priced and guaranteed solar panels, but the deadline date to register – June 17 – is fast approaching.

“The vast detail and complexity of trying to research and buy solar panels yourself can put people off and the products and services on the market can vary greatly,” said Mr Thomas.

About the scheme

The scheme works to achieve the best deal for the best solar product by using the power of collective bargaining.

This works when a group of people all sign up their interest and the purchasing power of that group is taken to an auction to achieve the best price.

The credentials of all companies participating in the auction and offering a solar product have been carefully assessed in a qualification process by iChoosr beforehand.

All you have to do is register your interest online, which is free and without obligation. It takes about 10 minutes to register.

You will need brief details of your energy usage and you will be required to complete a basic roof test which will ask simple questions about your property. This will then generate a cost and savings estimation for you.

The test will also give an indication of whether your roof is suitable for solar panels. After an auction process, residents will receive an offer in July

and have until September 14 to decide whether to take part.

“The beauty of this scheme is that it does all that for you.

“The information and free support is great and you are assured of a quality product and installation.

“So register now, it costs nothing to find out whether solar panels could work for you.”

The scheme is the UK’s first ever council-run solar panel scheme.

It is open to all householders and businesses throughout Norfolk.

The only proviso is that residents must either own their roof or have the explicit permission of the owner to place solar panels there.

For details, see www.solar

together.co.uk, call 0800 086 8960.


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