Solar Together scheme offers West of England residents the chance to save money and cut carbon

By Nick Batten on 27 August, 2021

As the UN calls for ‘immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,’ residents across the West of England will get their chance to save money on their energy bills, and play their part in cutting carbon emissions thanks to a new scheme being launched by the West of England Combined Authority and led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.

By banding together, residents across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be able to get cheaper deals to install solar panels and set up a battery storage system at their home, as part of ‘Solar Together West of England.’

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris said, “Many residents know solar panels have the potential to save them money on their energy bills and cut carbon, but sometimes there’s a fear that the whole process can be daunting and confusing which can put people off.

“This new scheme will make the process easier. It means local residents can generate their own clean electricity, save money on their energy bills, and play an important part in our collective efforts to cut harmful carbon emissions and reach our ambitious net-zero targets.”

People who already have solar panels installed can also register to have battery storage added to their existing solar panels to maximise the benefits of their system.

Solar Together West of England follows other successful schemes across the country, which have delivered more than 3,700 installations and 61,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.

Councillor Sarah Warren, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s deputy leader, Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel, said, “Bath and North East Somerset has declared a climate emergency and has committed to providing the leadership for the district to be carbon neutral by 2030. One of the key priorities to achieve this is a rapid and large-scale increase in local renewable energy generation.

“This scheme makes it easier for homeowners across B&NES to make the switch to renewable energy and reduce their energy bills and I would encourage residents to sign up.”

Cllr Don Davies, Leader of North Somerset Council, added, “This is a great opportunity for homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive contribution to helping North Somerset become carbon neutral by 2030.

“Solar energy is an efficient energy solution for many properties and this project will enable residents to explore its suitability for their own homes at a reduced cost thanks to collective buying power. And it’s not just homeowners – buildings owned by town and parish councils could also be eligible for the scheme. I encourage anyone keen to find out more to register their interest and help avoid climate catastrophe by using cleaner energy.”

Homeowners across the West of England can register to take part by visiting www.solartogether.co.uk/west-of-england