Final chance to sign up to solar panel scheme

RESIDENTS and businesses have just days left to register an interest in a solar panel scheme that can help them save money and cut their carbon emissions.

Solar Together Sussex, a group-buying scheme supported by East Sussex County Council, remains open for registration until Friday, May 26.

The scheme allows residents and businesses to buy high-quality solar panels, battery storage and EV charging points at competitive prices.

For Sally Newman from Lewes, the scheme was an opportunity to do her bit for the environment.

“We had looked into solar panels before, but it had been too expensive 10 years ago,” she said.  “But the cost came back from Solar Together and it was significantly cheaper than it had been.”

Following a survey, Sally accepted her quote and 10 solar panels were installed on her roof as well as battery storage, allowing her to store energy.

“It has really made a difference. While so many people were seeing their energy bill increase by two to three hundred pounds, ours have remained exactly the same as they were three years ago.”

Asked if she would recommend the scheme to others, Sally said: “I’m really pleased that we have done this. It can be very daunting to know where to look and who to trust.  I feel the scheme carried out a lot more checks than I ever could.”

The scheme, which could help participants reduce their annual carbon emissions by around a tonne each year, will support the efforts by local authorities and residents in East Sussex to help tackle climate change.

Those who have already invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they generate can also take advantage with retrofit battery storage also available.

Registration for the initiative, run in partnership with group purchasing experts iChoosr, is free of charge.

Following the registration period, an auction is held with pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers to identify the most competitive deal.  Residents will then be contacted with a personal recommendation specific to the details they submitted in their registration.

More information about the scheme, and details on how to register an interest can be found at