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Businesses offered free solar panels

Someone using a drill to install solar panels on a large roof

Is your business looking to save money on energy bills? North Herts Council is looking for local businesses to sign up to a pilot project to have solar panels installed as part of our commitment towards being a net zero district by 2040.

Under the scheme, partially funded by the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, solar panels will be installed on business premises for free, resulting in cheaper, cleaner electricity, saving businesses money and reducing carbon emissions. 

Once solar panels are installed, businesses would pay a significantly discounted rate for electricity, compared to what they would usually pay for a unit of electricity. You don’t have to own your premises, and it is possible for multiple tenants across one building/site to take part. You just need to be based in the district of North Herts and use enough electricity to meet the peak solar panel output from a possible solar array on your roof during the summer months – which is why we will ask you for a copy of your latest annual electricity bill.

Cllr Mick Debenham, Executive Member for Environment, said: “We have written to a number of premises in local industrial estates in the district, but if we haven’t contacted you, please do get in touch if this is something you want to explore.

“Businesses can play an important role in tackling climate change, so we want to help find solutions to reducing their carbon emissions – while also reducing their electricity bills, so taking part in the scheme is a win-win!”

More information: Solar for business

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