Greenwich households are being given the chance to cash in on cheap solar power through a new buyers' club. The not-for-profit project aims to bring households together so they can use their collective purchasing power to reduce the cost of buying and installing solar panels on their homes.
The project is being launched by South East London Community Energy (SELCE) on Monday 19 March. The Co-operatives UK member has already raised almost £400,000 to install solar arrays on seven local primary schools. Now it wants to help Greenwich residents ‘go solar’ as well.
"The more people who club together, the lower the cost," Ebube Modebelu, SELCE
"Many people like the idea of installing solar panels on their roof but the costs and complexity can be off-putting," said Project Manager Ebube Modebelu. "Our new buyers' club will not only bring down the costs of the whole process but it’s also supported by quality installers."
SELCE is working with fellow Co-operatives UK member, Community Renewable Energy Wandsworth (CREW), to launch the new club. It is hoped that by teaming up with households in other parts of London, even bigger savings can be made.
"The more people who club together, the lower the cost," said Ebube. “Buyers club participants will also benefit from government subsidies that are provided for small-scale solar generators.”
The project has a feel-good factor as well. "The more solar energy we can generate as a community, the less we depend on climate-changing fossil fuels," added Ebube. "What's more, £100 from each installation will go towards supporting SELCE's not-for-profit project to help low-income households who are being forced to make the choice between heating and eating."
So far, SELCE's pop-up energy advice cafes have provided advice and support to more than 1,200 local people. The Buyer's Club event is taking place on Monday 19 March, from 7pm to 9pm at Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, London, SE3 7SE. To book a site survey to assess the suitability of your roof for solar power, email Ebube Modebelu before 19 March.