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Luton Borough Council

09/05/2022 - Registration opens for Solar Together Bedfordshire

With the cost of energy continuing to rise, Luton’s households and local businesses are encouraged not to miss out on the Solar Together scheme, which opened for registrations in July 2023.

With the cost of energy continuing to rise, Luton’s households and local businesses are encouraged not to miss out on the Solar Together scheme, which opened for registrations in July 2023.

Luton Council, alongside Bedford and Central Bedfordshire Councils, have partnered with
independent experts iChoosr to form the Solar Together Bedfordshire scheme, which aims to make solar panels more affordable. Battery storage can also be obtained under the scheme, which stores any unused energy generated by solar panels for future consumption. Not only can the scheme enable residents obtain solar panels and battery storage at a lower price but can help lower energy bills and support the town’s ambition to become net zero by 2040.

Solar Together Bedfordshire is a group-buying scheme, which involves households and businesses coming together to reduce the cost of acquiring solar panels and battery storage. The more people that register for the scheme, the better the deal should be for each household and business. Registration is free and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation until a recommendation is accepted.

The innovative scheme builds on four years of highly successful Solar Together programmes running across the UK. To date Solar Together has delivered over 7,000 installations and over 130,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions. 

The process is straightforward for those who are interested in acquiring solar panels with or without the battery storage option, or those households that already have solar panels and would like the option of adding battery storage system for further energy savings. The Solar Together scheme saves homeowners a great deal of time and effort often spent in comparing suppliers for solar panel systems.

Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) can also apply for the solar together scheme. If you’re a business owner and you own the property, installing solar panels will help reduce running costs. For those businesses which are renting long term, please check with the Landlord before applying for the solar together scheme, you will need the Landlords permission in advance.

How does it work?

1.  July 2023: Householders and businesses can register for free and without obligation at To register, they must simply provide details about their roof, such as its size and orientation.

2. Mid August 2023: Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction. The installer with the most competitive package will win the auction.

3. September 2023 onwards: registered households and businesses will be emailed a personal recommendation, specific to the details they submitted.

4. Registrants can then decide if they wish to accept the recommendation. If they choose to accept, specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey after which a date can be set for installation.

Suppliers are pre-approved by iChoosr and must meet rigorous requirements, ensuring that customers will receive a high quality installation. All suppliers are Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited, must pass financial due diligence conducted by independent experts and offer an insurance backed guarantee for workmanship.

Councillor Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Waste and Climate Change said “Making green energy more affordable for our households and businesses is essential if we are to meet our target of net zero in Luton by 2040. We are striving to expand access to affordable renewable energy in Luton.”

“I therefore welcome the Solar Together scheme and encourage as many of our residents as possible to sign up; it’s free and nobody will be tied into any obligation until they accept the recommendation.”

Marie-Louise Abretti, iChoosr UK Solar Manager added “With energy prices continuing to increase,  residents of Bedfordshire are looking for opportunities to reduce their carbon emissions, save on energy bills and increase their independence from the grid.  The Solar Together group-buying scheme offers a straightforward way to make an informed decision and to access a competitive offer from a trusted, vetted provider.”

Residents and businesses can learn more about the scheme and register to sign up here: For any queries about the scheme, residents and businesses are encouraged to contact Solar Together’s Helpdesk on 0800 014 8851, or by using their contact form.

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