More than 100 Ealing households have had solar panels installed to help tackle soaring energy bill costs. So far 132 homes have joined the Mayor of London-backed Solar Together initiative, latest City Hall figures show. Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, urged more people to sign up to the “exciting and innovative” scheme to save cash and help London towards a “greener, cleaner future”.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, revealed more than 1,500 homes across London were now part of the affordable renewable energy project.
Solar panel installation could reduce household electricity bills by 30-50%. With energy prices increasing to record levels, now is a better time than ever to invest in solar to get cleaner energy and save money on bills.
An installation through the Mayor’s Solar Together initiative is a third cheaper than the typical market price. For an eight-panel system – the most common system installed – customers have saved an average of £3,504.
Mr Khan said that hundreds more installations are booked in over the coming months which are “critical for both tackling the climate emergency and helping to reduce household energy bills”.
Energy bills in the UK are set to climb by £693 to an average £1,971 in April, after regulator Ofgem announced in February it was lifting the price cap putting more pressure on those struggling with the rising cost of living.
Recent increases in energy bills have pushed an estimated 75,000 Londoners into fuel poverty. The latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that in 2019, 19,643 households in Ealing were living in fuel poverty.
Last month the Mayor announced he is committing a record £90 million through green bonds to unlock more than £500m in private investment to support low carbon projects, create green jobs and move closer to his target of a zero-carbon capital by 2030.
Local London Assembly Member, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
“Energy, rent and food prices continue to soar, people are struggling to pay for essentials, wages are stagnating, National Insurance is being increased and we have a welfare system that’s not fit for purpose – with worse still to come.
“Solar Together is an exciting and innovative initiative that makes installing solar panels affordable and puts residents back in control of their spend on energy as well as reducing carbon emissions. “I share the Mayor’s ambition for London to be zero carbon by 2030. Switching to this renewable energy scheme is a great way we can make a real difference, help London towards a greener, cleaner future and save some much-needed cash.”