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Community led initiative to help Greater Manchester residents boost local renewable energy generation

Solar Together Greater Manchester ( helps homeowners feel confident that they are paying the right price for a high quality installation from a vetted installer which will boost local renewable energy generation.

The new scheme follows three highly successful schemes run across the country last year which lead to over 1650 installations and an impressive 35,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.  

From 17 September 2019, GM residents can join Solar Together Greater Manchester, the solar photovoltaic (PV) group-buying scheme. It is free to register and there is no obligation to install panels. The districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan have partnered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the group-buying specialist, iChoosr Ltd, to bring this opportunity to Greater Manchester’s homeowners.

Greater Manchester Green City-region lead, Councillor Andrew Western said:

”We want Greater Manchester to be the UK’s leading green city region and by working together with local councils, businesses and residents, we can take action to achieve our ambition to reduce carbon emissions. This scheme will contribute to Greater Manchester’s aim to become a carbon neutral city region by 2038.

The Greater Manchester Solar Together scheme is an innovative new scheme which will collectively deliver more local renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. It’s a great opportunity to install solar PV panels at a competitive price.”

How does it work?

From 17 September: Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.

Pre-vetted UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction on 22 October.  They are able to offer compelling pricing as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for them to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass on with lower for installations.

After the auction, registered households will receive a personal recommendation, which is specific to the details they submitted in their registration.

If they choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey after which a date can be set for the installation of their solar PV system.

Telephone and email helpdesks are on-hand throughout the whole process and information sessions will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager added

“Solar Together Greater Manchester reaches out to the thousands of households interested in reducing their environmental impact by exploring solar energy but would welcome a helping hand on their journey to making an informed decision.”

iChoosr has a strong track record of delivering group purchase schemes for local authorities. It has worked with 160 UK local authorities on its collective energy switching schemes. Furthermore, in 2018 UK councils, in collaboration with iChoosr, initiated their collective purchase schemes for solar PV systems. iChoosr’s collective schemes have been embraced by 120 local authorities in The Netherlands and Belgium. Over 25 schemes led to 50,000 residents installing solar PV systems - a total of 175 MW of power.

About iChoosr - Together logo

iChoosr was founded in 2008 and is privately owned by two co-founders. Before it entered the UK energy market in 2012 it had focused on collective schemes in the Netherlands and Belgium where it works with community leaders helping households to select energy and solar power suppliers. As in the UK, its operations continue to grow across Europe, North America and Japan.

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