Solar and renewable deals set to cut energy costs

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Last Updated: 17 Aug 2020 10:59am

Affordable solar panels and cheaper energy tariffs are on offer to Tonbridge and Malling residents to help keep bills down and reduce carbon emissions.

With many people set to continue working from home through this autumn and winter to help combat coronavirus, energy firms estimate power consumption could increase by one-third for many households.

From 31 August the Solar Together Kent will launch a new group-buying scheme, bringing households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price. An auction will be held on 6 October 2020, when approved suppliers will bid for the work. It is free to register and there is no obligation to accept the Solar Together recommendation.

Residents can also register between now and 5 October for the latest round of Energy Deal, a collective energy switching scheme. The scheme cut the cost of energy by bringing households together as group purchasers, allowing them to get a cheaper tariff from suppliers. All deals will provide electricity from renewable sources.

Cllr Piers Montague, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council cabinet lead on housing, said: “It may be warm now but autumn is just around the corner. With so many people likely to be working at home until Christmas and possibly longer, now’s the time to be planning ahead for ways to keep your energy bills down. These schemes also help support our climate change strategy by encouraging people to switch to clean and renewable sources of energy.”

Solar Together opens from 31 August 2020

Registration for Energy Deal is open until 5 October 2020