Mayor of London to boost clean energy with affordable solar panels

Mar 6, 2018 · The Mayor awards £150,000 of his London Community Energy Fund to 13 solar energy projects across eight boroughs

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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 five London councils.

Interested householders and small businesses can now register with the Solar Together London scheme, which will use the power of group-purchasing to enable them to buy and install high-quality solar panels in a group, reducing costs for customers.

The first phase of the scheme is being rolled out this month, focussed on five London boroughs — Brent, Ealing, Kingston, 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."

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