Responding to ‘Code Red’ – new chance for North Somerset residents to save money and the planet

11:30am - 25 August 2021
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As the UN calls for ‘immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions’, residents across North Somerset will get their chance to save money on their energy bills, and play their part in cutting carbon emissions. It is all thanks to a new scheme launched by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.

By banding together, residents 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 North Somerset 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.” 

Homeowners across North Somerset can register to take part by visiting www.solartogether.co.uk/west-of-england 

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.  

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK (Solar Together) Business Manager, said: “With West of England residents looking for opportunities to reduce their carbon emissions and save on energy bills, the Solar Together group-buying scheme offers a straightforward way to make an informed decision and access a competitive offer from a trusted provider.”  

Cllr Don Davies, Leader of North Somerset Council, said: “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.”