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Council announces return of solar scheme

By Connor Steel

FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL have announced the continuation of its ‘Solar Together’ schemes for 2022 following its successful launch last year; in which they worked together alongside iChoosr to provide cleaner, greener and more sustainable power for its residents across their borough as energy prices continue to rise.

The programme is said to offer high-quality photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage through its group-buying scheme, which allows Fareham households to get the most competitive prices together. It is said to have been a huge success in the borough last year with many buyers as climate change became prominent.

And the council are hoping for similar successes this year as we approach the winter months, publishing the press release last week advertising the scheme. Readers can now register their interest for free, without any obligation to purchase, by submitting details about their property roofs like accurate sizes and an orientation.

“The more people that register, the better the deal will be for each household”

Once registrations have been received an ‘auction’ will then be held at a future date, where a small collection of pre-vetted solar installers will submit bids for the work. Those interested Fareham residents are then set to be provided with a potential solution that should best suit their roof specifications and the associated costing.

Again there is no obligation for residents to continue at this stage and there will be no comeback for rejecting any potential solutions. The council have confirmed that installers will only contact those who accept an offer, with the property surveys taking place before an appropriate installation date is agreed between both parties.

This announcement comes as Fareham Borough Council hopes to become carbon neutral across the area within the next eight years (2030) and have committed a big improved focus on climate change. Their latest solar field can also be found on the new Stubbington Bypass, which was opened to the public back in May.

Executive Member for Planning and Development, Cllr Simon Martin, said in a short online statement within the release:  “The council has committed to becoming carbon neutral across all our buildings and services by (the year) 2030 as well as encouraging wider carbon reductions where we can. That is why we have teamed up with iChoosr once again this year to help deliver solar energy options to households at the best possible price. Every change that we make contributes to giving Fareham a greener and more sustainable future.”

Readers can see the official Solar Together logo via this image, whilst they are encouraged to visit the online website for more information. This link will help users to easily register for the scheme with a step by step guide, whilst allowing contact with a Solar Together helpdesk An independent Solar Together Team can furthermore help residents through stages of the process and keep them informed.

PICTURED BY JASON LINDSEY: Solar panels will likely become a regular scene in Fareham as the council announce the continuation of programme with iChoosr company launched last year (image licence gained).