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Solar Together Berkshire

West Berkshire Council (WBC) and Solar Together Berkshire (opens in new window) are working in partnership to help local homeowners turn sunlight into electricity by investing in to renewables through a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage.

West Berkshire residents can join this group-buying scheme which offers not just solar panels, but optional battery storage and EV charge points too. There’s also retrofit battery storage for residents who have already invested in solar panels and are just looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate whilst increasing their independence from the grid. It is free to register (https://solartogether.co.uk/west-berkshire/home (opens in new window)) and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation.

WBC are working in partnership with neighbouring Berkshire authorities and independent experts, iChoosr, to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible.

How does it work?

  • Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.
  • Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in a reverse auction. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass on with lower prices for installations.
  • After the auction, registered households will be emailed a personal recommendation 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.
  • Helpdesks are on-hand throughout the whole process which, together with information sessions, will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.
  • The installation contract is between the householder and the relevant service provider. The promotion of this scheme is cost neutral to WBC.