Mayor expands solar panel scheme after 4,000 sign up to first phase

Londoners and businesses in 12 boroughs will be able to buy high-quality, affordable solar panels, as the Mayor Sadiq Khan expands his scheme to help make London a zero-carbon city by 2050.

Following a successful first phase earlier this year, eight further councils have signed up to the Mayor’s Solar Together scheme. From today residents and small businesses can register to buy high-quality panels to generate their own renewable energy, using a group-buying model to unlock significant savings from suppliers.

Solar energy is an increasingly low-cost source of renewable energy thanks to the rise in the number of solar equipment suppliers like this solar battery supplier, which is causing them to compete with one another for the lowest prices. The Mayor is pushing ahead with efforts to ensure more Londoners and businesses can take advantage of improvements in this technology. He is also calling on government to do more to support the growth of the industry.

Today Sadiq published his Solar Action Plan, which outlines his ambition for more of London’s energy to be generated by solar technology. It is estimated that schemes like Solar Together could more than double London’s current solar energy capacity – but Sadiq is clear that London can, and should, go further to help meet his ambition for a gigawatt of power generated using solar in the capital by 2030.

Camden, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Newham, Waltham Forest and Westminster will join Brent, Ealing, Merton and Sutton – which took part in the first phase – in enabling residents and businesses to buy the panels at reduced costs. Group-buying expert iChoosr, who helped deliver the scheme earlier this year, will also administer this second phase.

There were nearly 4,000 registrations for the first phase, with more than 1,100 accepting the offer of more affordable solar panels. The winning company in the first phase of the scheme was SolarCentury (together with Ikea), which offered an average saving of 35 per cent on the cost of solar installations. Installations of the panels have already started in some areas.

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