Solar panels atop many rooftops of homes and businesses across London is becoming a reality thanks to the expansion of the Solar Together London initiative.
Launched by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Solar Together London, is a group-buying scheme, which gives Londoners the opportunity to buy high quality solar panels at a highly competitive price.
The Mayor of London has teamed up with several London boroughs to organise this innovative scheme for homeowners as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to help deliver the vision of a zero-carbon city.
Following a successful first phase earlier this year, eight further councils have signed up to the Mayor’s Solar Together scheme. Since its launch, Solar Together London has proved popular and 4,000 people have already signed up across four London boroughs.
As a result of this early success, the scheme has now been extended to include eight other major areas in the capital, including Camden, Islington, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea.
Residents and small businesses can register to buy high-quality panels to generate their own renewable energy, using a group-buying model to unlock significant savings from suppliers.
Solar energy is an increasingly low-cost source of renewable energy and the Mayor is pushing ahead with efforts to ensure more Londoners and businesses can take advantage of improvements in this technology. He is also calling on government to do more to support the growth of the industry.
The Mayor of London hopes to increase solar power capacity to 1 gigawatt by 2030. Sadiq Khan’s ambition of making London a zero-carbon city by 2050 will require expanding solar capacity to an estimated 2 gigawatts, 20-times the current amount of 108 megawatts.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea