Norwich City Council: Solar Together

Norwich City Council notably became the first UK council to run a public reverse public solar auction in 2015, with businesses competing to buy clean power generated by rooftop solar arrays on residential and commercial properties. To date, it has installed more than 4,500 kW of solar capacity across the area, enabling homeowners and businesspeople to benefit from low group purchase prices.


The challenge

Investing in solar can be a hard decision. Via the council offer we have empowered 100's of homes to install solar PV and battery storage by offering extra support and consumer confidence. Each round of Solar Together has delivered on average 20% savings to the customer. Our method allows citizens to investigate the potential of solar with no obligation to proceed.

The solution

The councils reverse auction and no obligation methodology is a great way to empower citizens to install solar on their homes and businesses.

The impact

To date, it has installed more than 4,500 kW of solar capacity across the area.

Lessons learned

People sometimes need local authorities to guide them in making home improvements. There is a high level of trust in local authorities to offer impartial trusted advice.

Contact

Richard Willson, Environmental Strategy Manager - Norwich City Council

RichardWillson@norwich.gov.uk