Community-led scheme to help Salford residents use renewable energy

Salford residents are being invited to come together to take part in a group-buying scheme for solar panels on their homes. 

Solar Together Greater Manchester is helping homeowners feel confident they are paying the right price for a high quality installation from a vetted installer which will boost local renewable energy generation.

It follows three highly successful schemes run across the country last year which lead to over 1650 installations and an impressive 35,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.  

Salford residents can join Solar Together Greater Manchester, a solar panel group-buying scheme, until 22 October. It is free to register and there is no obligation to install panels. Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan have partnered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the group-buying specialist, iChoosr Ltd, to bring this opportunity to homeowners. 

Salford City Council Lead member for sustainable development and neighbourhoods, Councillor Derek Antrobus said: ”Alongside other Greater Manchester councils, Salford City Council has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2038. We are working with partners on a carbon neutral and climate change plan and this scheme will help towards achieving our ambition to reduce carbon emissions.

“Greater Manchester Solar Together is an innovative new scheme which will help Salford residents have more local renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions at a competitive price.”

How does it work?

  • From 17 September until 22 October: Salford residents can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation. 
  • Pre-vetted UK solar panel suppliers participate in an auction on 22 October. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for them to realise greater savings, which they pass on with lower costs for installations.
  • 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 panels.
  • Phone and email helpdesks are available throughout the whole process and 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: “Solar Together Greater Manchester reaches out to the thousands of households interested in reducing their environmental impact by exploring solar energy but would welcome a helping hand on their journey to making an informed decision.”

iChoosr has a strong track record of delivering group purchase schemes for councils. It has worked with 160 UK councils on its collective energy switching schemes. In 2018 UK councils, in collaboration with iChoosr, initiated their collective purchase schemes for solar panel systems. iChoosr’s collective schemes have been embraced by 120 local authorities in The Netherlands and Belgium. More than 25 schemes led to 50,000 residents installing solar panel systems - a total of 175 MW of power.

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Date published
Thursday 10 October 2019

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