NEARLY 900 residents across Wealden have signed up to help generate and store clean energy from their homes.

Wealden saw the highest number of people across East Sussex registering to take part in the Solar Together Sussex group-buying scheme. They purchased solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage at reduced prices.

“The response to our first Solar Together scheme has been fantastic,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member for Economic Development. “It is a big thumbs up for public commitment to our net-zero goals for carbon emissions. It shows how committed Wealden residents are to playing their part in reducing carbon emissions and combatting climate change.”

Solar Together Sussex is working with councils across East and West Sussex as well as in Brighton & Hove.  As of 15 October, over 5,700 households had registered. The scheme is on track to save over 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

What happens now?

Participating residents will receive their personal offer via email. They will also be invited to attend an online information session in November to meet the winning supplier. They will find out more about solar panels and can ask any questions. They will have six weeks to decide if they wish to proceed. If they decide to go ahead, the installer will be in touch to arrange a roof survey and to book the installation.

If you are interested in solar panels or battery storage but did not sign up before the auction, you can still sign up to express your interest in the scheme and take part in future Solar Together auctions. Visit www.solartogether.co.uk/wealden to register.

The Solar Together group-buying scheme for local councils is organised by iChoosr. It has worked with Wealden for a number of years to help reduce residents’ energy bills. Its solar panel and battery storage schemes were launched in 2018 and have resulted in more than 1,600 installations in London, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.