Solar Together scheme in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are working with iChoosr, independent experts in group buying, to launch a second Solar Together scheme, following the success of the first in 2022. The Solar
Together scheme offers a cost-effective way for residents and businesses to purchase solar panel and
battery storage installation.
What is the Solar Together scheme?
Solar Together operates on a group-buying approach, with the core principle that coming together as a
group provides enhanced buying power and allows the approved providers to offer a better price than
individual homeowners might get from entering the market alone.
The scheme gives households and businesses the opportunity to save on energy bills and generate their
own electricity by purchasing high-quality solar panels and battery storage at a competitive price.
The prospect of choosing an installer and making the change to renewable energy can be quite daunting,
but Solar Together makes the switch to clean energy as hassle-free as possible. The scheme supports
people every step of the way, providing clear and objective information that people can trust, so that they
can make a well-informed decision and receive expert guidance throughout the process.
The initiative offers solar panels (also known as solar PV) with optional battery storage and electric
vehicle (EV) charge points. It also offers battery storage installation for residents who have already
invested in solar panels and are looking to maximise how much of their self-generated energy they can
use at home and become less dependent on electricity suppliers.
The cost-of-living crisis continues to be particularly challenging, and this scheme is one of the ways in
which households can make long-term savings by generating their own renewable energy, whilst also
helping our ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions across the county.

Who is eligible and when can they register?
To register for the scheme, residents must either own their own house or have permission from the
landlord to install solar panels. Small and medium-sized enterprises (non-domestic) and Commonhold
Associations meeting this requirement can also participate.
The scheme is now open for registrations in Wiltshire and Swindon, people have until 11 August 2023 to
register. People who are interested can register for free, and, following a competitive bidding process
managed by Solar Together, will then be sent their recommended provider and costs, with no obligation
to proceed with the installation.
Like last year, iChoosr will send out a letter from the week of 12 June to a selection of properties in
Wiltshire that are likely to be eligible for the scheme, to give them all the information they need to
consider participating should they wish to. The scheme will be promoted using all the available council
communication channels prior to this as well, including social media, press releases, newsletter articles
and posters at public facing council buildings There will be no selling by phone or doorstepping of
How does the scheme work?
1. Register without obligation from 5 June: in Wiltshire via
or in Swindon via
2. Auction: Solar Together’s approved solar installers will bid for the work in a reverse ‘auction’.
The most competitive offer, from these pre-vetted installers, wins the auction.
3. Personal recommendation: Individuals will be emailed a personal recommendation for their
home based on the details they provided during registration. This will include the costs and
specifications for a complete solar panel installation.
4. The decision: the decision is then up to individuals as to whether they want to accept or
decline their personal recommendation. There is no obligation to continue and they will have
four weeks to decide. If they choose to go ahead and accept with Solar Together, a £150
deposit is required, which is conditionally refundable.
5. Installation: if they accept, the winning installer will contact them to survey their roof and set
an installation date. All installations are planned to be completed six months after accepting.
How successful was the first Solar Together scheme in Wiltshire?
The first scheme launched in 2022 is on track to deliver almost 700 installations in Wiltshire, totalling
more than 6,000 solar panels and resulting in a £6 million investment by residents into the green

For more information:


call: 0800 0488113

IChoosr are responsible for managing and rolling out the scheme

For those residents not eligible for this particular scheme, but who still want ideas on lowering their
carbon footprint or information on how to access support or grants for energy efficiency in their homes,
then there’s more information available at
If you have any questions or queries, please contact

More about Solar Together and iChoosr
The Solar Together scheme has been running successfully across the UK for five years and, to date, has
completed over 6,720 installations consisting of installing over 74,300 solar panels (over 20 MW of solar
power) and reduced over 125,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. More information can be found at:
iChoosr are the independent experts in group-buying who facilitate the scheme locally. iChoosr was
founded in 2008 and is privately owned by two co-founders. Before it entered the UK energy market in
2012 it had focused on collective schemes in the Netherlands and Belgium where it works with
community leaders helping households to select energy and solar power suppliers. As in the UK, its
operations continue to grow across Europe, North America and Japan.
iChoosr has a strong track record of delivering group purchase schemes for local authorities. It has
worked with 160 UK local authorities on its collective energy switching schemes.