Solar Together Wiltshire – group-buying scheme

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Service: Climate Team
Date prepared: 5 May 2022
Contact: climate@wiltshire.gov.uk

We wanted to update you on an innovative scheme that Wiltshire Council is driving forward
locally called Solar Together Wiltshire.

We are working with independent experts iChoosr and Swindon Borough Council to give
homeowners the opportunity to invest in renewables through a group-buying scheme for
solar panels and battery storage.


This is a group-buying scheme which will offer solar panels with optional battery storage
and EV charge points, as well as offering battery storage for residents who have already
invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they
generate, as well as increase their independence from the grid.


Given the current cost of living, significantly impacted by the surge in energy prices, we feel
this scheme will be worth consideration from eligible households and help provide longer
term savings.


It is free to register and there is no obligation for people to go ahead with an installation. All
residents living in the Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council areas who own their
own house (or have permission from the landlord to install a solar PV system) can register
for the Solar Together group-buying scheme. Small and medium-sized enterprises (non-
domestic) and community buildings meeting this requirement can participate as well.
Planning permission may be required in some cases and we are directing people to this
page for more information – https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-permission

The scheme works as follows:
• Step one: From 9 May – 14 June, Wiltshire householders can register online to
become part of the group for free and without obligation. Invitation letters will be sent
to 60,000 Wiltshire households w/c 23 May. However, any eligible
household/business/community building can apply irrespective of whether they
receive a letter
• Step two: Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction. They are
able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes
it possible for them to make greater efficiencies, which they pass onto customers
• Step three: After the auction, registered households will be emailed a personal
recommendation later in June that is specific to the details they submitted in their
registration.
• Step four: If they choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their
installation will be confirmed with a technical survey, after which a date can be set
for the installation of their solar PV system.
People can accept or decline their personal recommendation. If they choose to go ahead
and accept with Solar Together, a £150 deposit is required, which is conditionally
refundable.

As stated earlier, iChoosr will send out a letter from the week of 23 May to a selection of
properties in Wiltshire that are likely to be eligible for the scheme to give them all the
information they need to consider participating should they wish to. The scheme will be
promoted using all the available council communication channels prior to this as well,
including social media, press releases, newsletter articles and posters at public facing
council buildings There will be no selling by phone or doorstepping of residents.

Our Wiltshire Climate Strategy is very clear that as a county we need to reduce the energy
we use as well as using low carbon forms of energy. Within the strategy we aimed to
encourage installation of renewables through group buy schemes and we’re pleased to
offer this opportunity to residents to consider

If you are contacted by residents who want more information about this, people can visit
www.solartogether.co.uk/wiltshire, email wiltshire@solartogether.co.uk or call 0800 048
8113. IChoosr are responsible for managing and rolling out the scheme and all enquiries
about it will be going via them.

For those residents not eligible for this particular scheme, but who still want ideas on
lowering their carbon footprint or information on how to access support or grants for energy
efficiency in their homes, then there’s more information available at
www.wiltshire.gov.uk/climate-change-individual.
If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact
climate@wiltshire.gov.uk
We’d welcome and encourage you to share any council communications, such as social
media posts and press releases, with your contacts and the local community to help spread
the word about the scheme.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this scheme.