Published: Tuesday, 24th September 2019

Oldham residents are being urged to come together as a community to create a group-buying scheme for solar panels on their homes.

Solar Together Greater Manchester will help Oldham’s homeowners feel confident that they are paying the right price for a high-quality installation while helping to boost local renewable energy generation.

The new initiative follows three highly successful schemes run across the country last year.

More than 1,650 installations were made and an estimated 35,000 tonnes of carbon emissions were avoided.  

Registrations have opened, and residents can now sign up to join Solar Together Greater Manchester, the solar photovoltaic (PV) group-buying scheme. 

It is free to register and there is no obligation to install panels. 

Oldham, and the other nine local authorities, have partnered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the group-buying specialist, iChoosr Ltd, for the project. 

Councillor Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, said: “As part of the Green Oldham campaign, the council is promoting the Greater Manchester Solar Together scheme, which will collectively deliver more local renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. 

“It’s a great opportunity to install solar PV panels at a competitive price.”

Councillor Andrew Western, Greater Manchester Green City-region lead, said: 
“We want Greater Manchester to be the UK’s leading green city region and by working together with local councils, businesses and residents, we can take action to achieve our ambition to reduce carbon emissions. 

“This scheme will contribute to Greater Manchester’s aim to become a carbon neutral city region by 2038.” 

More information about the scheme can be found at www.solartogether.co.uk/oldham 

How does it work?
•    Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation. 
•    Pre-vetted UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction on 22 October.  They are able to offer compelling pricing as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass on with lower for installations.
•    After the auction, registered households will receive a personal recommendation, which is specific to the details they submitted in their registration. 
•    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.
•    Telephone and email helpdesks are on-hand throughout the whole process and information sessions will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager added “Solar Together Greater Manchester reaches out to the thousands of households interested in reducing their environmental impact by exploring solar energy but would welcome a helping hand on their journey to making an informed decision.”

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