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RESIDENTS in Wealden are coming together as a community to boost the supply of local renewable energy.

They are taking part in a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage on their homes. The scheme closes on 5 October.

Wealden District Council is supporting the Solar Together scheme to help residents save on the electricity bills and cut their carbon emissions. It enables them to buy solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage at reduced prices.

Solar Together uses the power of group-buying to secure significant savings. The scheme is being run in conjunction with iChoosr Ltd, the independent experts in group-buying, and other councils across Sussex.

Residents can register online to become part of the group until 5 October at www.solartogether.co.uk/wealden. It is free to register and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation. It is also open to businesses, as long as they have landlord consent.

“iChoosr has already helped many Wealden residents save money on their energy bills through the Big Wealden Switch,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member for Economic Development.

“The Solar Together initiative provides home owners with the chance to reduce their carbon emissions as well as save on their energy bills. We all need to think about producing clean energy for a safer carbon-zero environment in the future. Through this scheme we can invest in that future using a trusted supplier.”

How it works:

Once the no-obligation registration closes, accredited installers will bid for the work by auction. This helps keep prices low while ensuring a high-quality system.

After the auction, registered households will receive a personal recommendation based on the details they submitted in their registration. If they choose to accept their offer, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey. After the survey, a date will be set for the installation.

For residents that already have solar panels on their home, Solar Together can also help with the installation of battery storage. This can be added to an existing system to store surplus energy for use when it is needed.

For more information and details of how to register, visit: www.solartogether.co.uk/wealden. You will need to provide some basic information about your roof, including size and orientation, to find out whether your house is suitable. Telephone and email helpdesks are also available to help with the registration process.