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Mayor of London and Kingston Council to boost clean energy with affordable solar panels

More Londoners will be able to afford solar panels on their homes, thanks to a new group-buying scheme from the Mayor of London and Kingston Council.

  • Group-buying scheme passes on bulk-buy savings to Londoners
  • £150,000 funding for solar community energy projects across the capital

Interested householders and small businesses can now register with the Solar Together London scheme, which will buy and install high-quality solar panels in bulk, reducing costs for customers.

The first phase of the scheme is being rolled out this month, focussed on five London boroughs — Kingston, Brent, Ealing, Merton and Sutton. Similar schemes have operated in Norfolk, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

The scheme is part of Sadiq’s Energy for Londoners programme which aims to cut Londoners’ energy bills and supply the capital’s homes and workplaces with more local clean energy, helping to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050.

The Mayor is also awarding £150,000 of his London Community Energy Fund to 13 solar energy projects across eight boroughs, including solar panels on schools, churches, sports centres, and even a city farm. 
Grants awarded will help fund the development costs associated with setting up solar projects before they can move to installation and start supplying clean and cheap electricity to the community.

The projects include solar for ten tower blocks in Lambeth, five schools in Ealing, a spectator stand at a sports centre in Haringey, and a Methodist Church in Southwark.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London has a wealth of buildings that can harness solar energy, but we're simply not making enough of them. Generating clean, local electricity can help cut bills, and bulk buying will make solar panels more affordable. I’m also working with Transport for London to expand the use of solar power and energy efficiency across their buildings. I’m delighted to see so much interest in community energy, which is just one part of my plan to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050.”

Councillor Phil Doyle, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Resident Services at Kingston Council, said: “We're proud to be part of this innovative pilot, working with the Mayor of London and partners to source affordable, clean energy for local people and businesses. I look forward to seeing this important scheme gain momentum and deliver results for Londoners and the environment.”

Dr. Giovanna Speciale, CEO, South East London Community Energy, said: “The London Community Energy Fund has provided vital support to community energy groups in London. It allows us to bring the benefits of renewable energy to schools, churches, and leisure centres. We are delighted to be working with Mayor to transform London into a clean, green, affordable city.”

Ruud Frijstein, UK Solar Manager of scheme partner, iChoosr, said: “Group buying is a proven solution. It offers householders a compelling price and gives installers access to much-needed customers. And the real winner is the environment.”

Afsheen Kabir Rashid, COO and co-founder, Repowering London said: “We are committed to creating local energy within socially-deprived neighbourhoods and challenging urban environments. The Mayor’s funding will help us perform technical assessments at schools and community buildings in Dalgarno in Kensington. Working with local residents and community groups, we can deliver community-owned solar energy, along with real opportunities for local tradesmen, residents, and young people.

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Notes to editors:

- Transport for London are set to expand their solar power usage and install energy efficiency measures across a variety of TfL owned buildings including bus stations and office buildings, in a new £4.5m refurbishment project. 

- Householders and small businesses can now register their interest, without obligation, in a solar scheme at solartogetherlondon.com. On 18 April, vetted UK solar panel suppliers will bid for the contracts. Each customer will then receive an offer, and if accepted, a technical study will be done,