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Free solar panels for qualifying residents

Published: 17 October 2019

Brandon Wipperfurth standing in front of his newly installed solar panels

Certain householders in Exeter are being offered free solar panels.

The initiative being delivered by the City Council and EDF Energy through their ECO scheme, aims to save residents money on their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

The scheme assists those in homes currently heated via electric, for example electric storage or room heaters, to create their own energy and potentially reduce their heating bills.

Since the project started in May solar panels have been installed on 36 homes in Exeter.

One couple who have taken advantage of the initiative, Emilie and Brandon Wipperfurth, said the process was covered off by a grant from the City Council and EDF Energy and everything was explained well. “We are really pleased with the solar panels and they are already saving money,” said Brandon.

Cllr Emma Morse, Lead Councillor for Supporting People, said: “This project reflects the authority’s ongoing commitment to alleviating fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions in the city. Helping more vulnerable residents save money and invest in cleaner, renewable heating sources will always be a priority for the council.”

Mark Dallen, ECO Stakeholder Manager at EDF Energy, said: “We are proud to be the first energy company to offer free and subsidised solar panels in qualifying homes across Exeter and Devon. Through our ECO funding offer, we are committed to helping vulnerable people live in more energy efficient homes.” 

EDF Energy and Exeter City Council are encouraging people who may be eligible for the scheme to visit, or call 01392 984034 to see if they qualify for the free solar panels.

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