Green Councillors welcome successful solar scheme
Green Party councillors have welcomed a successful solar scheme in Reading. Last year, Green councillors Dog Cresswell and Dave McElroy campaigned for Reading Council to run a group solar panel buying scheme, giving residents a discount on the cost of installing solar panels.
The scheme has now become a reality with 1,051 residents having registered for the scheme.
Councillor Dave McElroy asked a formal question at a council meeting asking for the council to get involved with this initiative and Councillor Doug Cresswell wrote to Reading Council and Solar Together urging them to work together on a solar panel group buying scheme.
The way the scheme works is:
- Interested residents register for the scheme (which has been promoted locally by Reading Council).
- An auction is held with installers bidding to win the work.
- The winning installer offers the residents a personalised scheme including the reduced price quotation.
- Residents then each decide whether to go ahead or not. A deposit is paid if they wish to go ahead.
- Solar panels are installed on the home at a reduced price.
- Residents making savings on their electricity bills.
Councillor Dave McElroy said: “With the cost-of-living crisis solar panels are one way for people to save on their electricity bills. They also reduce carbon emissions and help tackle the climate crisis. Having campaigned for such a scheme last year I am glad to see the council has got involved. Greens will keep campaigning for a fairer, greener and cleaner town.”
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