Norfolk residents offered chance to find out more about solar

Residents across Norfolk are being offered the chance to learn more about a ground-breaking solar panel scheme at a series of free events over the coming weeks.

Launched in May, Solar Together Norfolk offers solar panel systems from reputable installers through the harnessing of collective bargaining power.

The organizers behind the scheme claim it can deliver average savings of 16 per cent below the current market price for solar panels. 

For example, a 14-panel system which would normally cost £5,200 would be £4,261 through Solar Together Norfolk, giving an impressive saving of almost £1,000.

The initiative is being led by Norwich City Council in partnership with Broadland, South Norfolk and North Norfolk District Councils working with specialist collective purchasing company iChoosr.

The events will provide a whole range of information including a chance to see the solar panels on offer, speak to installers and pose questions to experts.

Solar Together Norfolk already has 3,400 registrations of interest with 1,500 solar panels installed and another 400 systems due to be installed in the coming weeks.

The scheme has limited places left and is accepting new subscribers until Monday 14 September.

Cllr Vaughan Thomas, Cabinet Member for affordable warmth and energy efficiency at Norwich City Council, said: "If you have already registered your interest, it's well worth dropping in to a free session near you to ask all your questions face to face and make a decision about whether you want to make that final commitment to sign up.

"And if you haven't yet registered, now is your last chance to do so and find out whether solar panels could be a good investment for your home or business."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues