Homeowners across Bath and NE Somerset will have another chance to save money on their energy bills by joining a money-saving, group-buying scheme for carbon-cutting solar panels.

  • Group-buying scheme to drive down solar panel costs for Bath and North East Somerset homeowners, renters with permission and firms opens for second round of funding applications
  • Innovative scheme from Mayor Dan Norris’s West of England Mayoral Combined Authority will help more residents bring down sky-high energy bills, and slash emissions
  • Storage batteries and electric car charge points also available

‘Solar Together West of England’, launched last year to enable residents to reduce their bills, while playing their part in slashing emissions in the region at the same, is opening for a second round of registrations (this coming Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August) from West of England locals and firms.

This scheme from Mayor Dan Norris’s Mayoral Combined Authority allows homeowners to band together to access comprehensive installation deals on a fully installed Solar PV system.

There is also an option to have electric vehicle charging points fitted, as well as retrofit battery storage for locals who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more bang for their buck, and become less dependent on electricity from the grid.

More than 900 homeowners across the West of England took up the offer in the first round, with 842 installing solar panels and 640 adding batteries, making savings on around 18,000 tonnes over the 25-year lifespan of the solar panels.

Mayor Dan Norris said: “Many residents know solar panels have the potential to save them cash and cut those emissions at the same time, but sometimes there’s a fear that the whole process can be daunting and confusing which can put people off.

“This scheme makes that process much easier, and that’s borne out by all its achieved so far - hundreds of solar panels and the batteries that come with them already installed, and hundreds more on the way.

“I’m delighted more locals will have the opportunity to make the switch to clean energy, start to bring down those sky-high bills, and play an important part in the West’s collective efforts to cut harmful carbon emissions and reach our ambitious net-zero targets locally.”

The Mayoral Combined Authority wants to make the transition to clean energy simple and hassle-free for residents of Bath and NE Somerset. Solar Together West of England is being delivered in partnership with local authorities.

Councillor Sarah Warren deputy leader, and cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel, added: “The first phase of the Solar Together scheme proved very popular with B&NES residents, and we hope that many more will sign up for this second phase. Because of the way the scheme works, the more people that participate, the better the price that Solar Together can secure and the more renewable energy will be generated. Homeowners who take part will be able to make the switch to renewable energy, while supporting our region’s shared ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030.”

It is free to register and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation. Homeowners, renters with permission from their landlord, and companies from across the West of England can take part by visiting here.