Access to installers
A main issue with the installation of solar PV at the moment is that demand is outstripping supply. The energy crisis has made everyone want to cut their energy bills and many are thinking about solar PV. Whilst we have some good installers in Cumbria, there aren’t hundreds of them and they are fairly small businesses. Understandably, the installers are most interested in big sites where the most profit can be made.
This project aims to create a solution to this issue by using an approach based on clusters of sites, working with communities to turn many small jobs into one big job to make it more attractive to installers.
Ambleside Pilot Project
We ran a pilot in Ambleside in 2021 and are delighted that the first solar installations are now complete, on both homes and hotels. Our first happy homeowner told us “We’re really pleased with the result and keep popping into the cupboard where the electrics are to check progress – we’re like a couple of kids on Christmas Eve! Without your help and support we’d probably be still procrastinating because we had so little knowledge.”
Roll out to communities
We have since worked with more communities to roll–out the project in their areas. These communities were chosen as they have active sustainability groups or parish or town councils who are supporting the project and helping to engage local residents. We have been working with householders across the county to arrange quotations for them from our partner installers.
As and when we launch in new communities, we will be inviting homeowners and businesses to get involved with the project. Working with the local sustainability group and parish or town councils, we will review their roofs for suitability, gather information and pass them on as a cluster to our installers.