Scheme aims to help residents in Kent with solar power

Kent County Council (KCC) has announced the launch of a scheme that will help residents in the county to save money and cut their carbon emissions.

On 1 September, it unveiled Solar Together Kent, which will seek to use the collective buying power of residents to help Kent householders to get a reduced price installation of solar panels. KCC noted how while solar panel prices have been steadily falling since 2008, the initial cost remains a barrier to more people installing them on their roofs.

The average cost of a 3.5kWp solar PV installation in the South East stands at £4,800, providing 3,700kWh of energy a year, potentially saving residents over £300 on their electricity bills. Through Solar Together Kent, the council will aim to get an installation price hat ensures solar energy is more affordable for a greater number of homes in the county. It forms part of its commitment to achieving net zero for Kent by 2050.

The scheme is being run in partnership with iChoosr and councils across Kent. Once households have committed, installations should take place between December 2020 and June 2021. It is open to householders, along with small businesses, landlords and community buildings – provided the installation is less than 50 panels. Residents who already have solar panels will be able to get quotes to add battery storage to their existing systems.