Helping people go solar
By Trevor Carbin
Wiltshire Council will be writing to selected residents to offer to help them get solar panels on their roofs, thus saving themselves money on their bills and helping to reduce overall pollution.
Wiltshire and Swindon councils will enter a contract with a company called iChoosr to run the so-called 'Solar Together' project.
(The correct pronunciation of iChoosr can be obtained by sneezing and sighing at the same time.)
The advantage of the scheme according to WC is that it offers residents a trustworthy and reliable method of getting into Solar. There is though no subsidy, so householders taking advantage of the offer would need to be able to afford the initial costs.
iChoosr will appoint a supplier who can meet their quality requirements at the lowest cost, making use of economies of scale to improve the deal for the homeowner. iChoosr also undertake various quality checks to ensure that only reputable installers with the appropriate certifications are used. iChoosr offers support to residents throughout the process.
The cost to WC will be £23,000, most of which is the cost of the initial targetted letter. These costs should be recovered as WC will take a cut based on the number of people who sign up.