Portsmouth City Council to drive solar adoption with new Switch On Solar scheme

Portsmouth City Council to drive solar adoption with new Switch On Solar scheme

A new solar PV system that could help more than 30,000 homes install rooftop panels is set to be launched in Portsmouth.

The Switched On Solar scheme is designed to enable residents to assess their roofs' solar potential and then walk them through a system's costs and benefits and direct them to installers.

Portsmouth City Council, along with a range of domestic energy efficiency measures, has proposed approximately £ 4 million of government funding to support the project.

Speaking to the Solar Power Portal, Councilor Dave Ashmore, member of the Environment & Climate Change Cabinet of the Portsmouth City Council, said that encouraging as many homes in Portsmouth as possible to install solar technology on their roofs was part of the Council's commitment to becoming a net zero emission city by 2030.

“The Switched On Solar tool uses Lidar and other factors to identify appropriate roofs in a user-friendly way and is one way we're helping residents switch to solar. We're hoping to launch the Switched On Solar tool and service in early February as part of the wider support offered by Switched On Portsmouth."

Run by Portsmouth City Council, Switched On Portsmouth provides Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant residents with energy saving services, including free insulation installation through Warmer Homes, as well as assistance and advice.

Portsmouth has already shown a strong commitment to solar, including the announcement of a solar rollout scheme for council buildings worth up to £ 10 million in 2016 that runs until 2020. This helped to achieve a record amount of solar generation during last year's first COVID-19 lockdown, with the solar panels of the council sitting on schools, offices, community centers and housing sites.

The Council is also involved in the solar and battery storage project of the flagship Portsmouth International Port, which is set to be the first UK port to have solar canopies and a megawatt-sized battery installed as part of a renewable facility. In December 2020, Portsmouth City Council selected Custom Solar to deliver the 750kW peak system that will include 1,670 solar panels.

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