Local solar installer IDDEA is working with Frome Renewable Energy Co-op and Frome Town Council to offer significantly discounted solar for Frome households. Director Ian Dunstone said ‘A 4 kw solar pv system to generate clean electricity would usually cost around £6000. If ten households sign up in Frome, we can reduce this to £3750, including a £50 donation to a local community solar project via FRECo. People who recommend the scheme to a friend will also receive £100 if the installation goes ahead.’
The government are removing the Feed in Tarif in March and so there has been uncertainty around the future of solar. Mayor of Frome Richard Ackroyd said “The good news is that panel and installation costs are now half of what they were ten years ago. If we can get ten households to sign up we can secure significant savings for Frome homes, and with electricity prices ever increasing the savings will only accumulate over time. Householders will not only save money but will save around 1.5 tonnes of carbon every year. The project supports Frome Town Council’s ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030.’
Frome’s Solar Streets will be launched at the Town Hall on 28th March at 7pm. The evening will guide residents through the process of installing solar panels. It will also provide an outline of techniques and new technologies which maximise the savings from their Solar panels.