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New Free Solar Website Launched Today

3 April 2011

A new website has been launched to help homeowners across Britain generate their own solar energy for free without the overheads of installing expensive equipment.

While many UK residents are keen to reduce their carbon footprint by using renewable energy, the cost of putting solar panels on their property – which can be as much as £15,000 for a full system – may have deterred them in the past.

However, with the launch of www.freesolar.co.uk, they now have the opportunity to receive a free solar panel system, allowing them to access free electricity while saving the environment.

The new site, which has been set up by EnergyLink, offers not only information on how a free solar power system can dramatically reduce energy bills and a household’s environmental impact, but will also allow customers to apply online for their own Free Solar system

Initially the site will allow users in England, Scotland and Wales to capitalise on free solar power, with the digital firm set to expand its coverage to Northern Ireland later in the year.

The Government-led FIT Scheme means that businesses which install solar panels on homes are paid for all the electricity they generate, at a rate of 43.3p per kilowatt hour.

Companies receive this payment regardless of whether or not the electricity is used, allowing residents with panels on their roof to use all of the electricity generated for free.

The Feed-In Tariff Scheme is a long-term initiative and any panels installed via the Free Solar website, are guaranteed to provide free electricity to homeowners for at least 25 years.

According to industry estimates, people with solar panels installed under the FIT Scheme could reduce their energy bills by up to 50% when they are used in conjunction with other power-saving devices such as timers and low energy lighting.

As part of the Government’s drive to create a balanced energy mix for the country and a sustainable future, its aim is to have 750,000 homes with their own generation systems installed in the next ten years.

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