Competition for 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. Understandable, 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.
We have been running a pilot in Ambleside since later 2021 and are delighted that the first installation is now complete. Our 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.”
Our second system is due to be installed on 20th June at the Victorian House Hotel in Grasmere, and a further ten households are in the process of receiving quotes from our partner installers.
We are now working with five additional communities to plan how to roll-out the project in their areas. These specific communities were chosen as they have active sustainability groups or parish or town councils who will support the project and help engage their local residents.