Live in Barnet? Looking to save money on your utility bills AND help the environment?
Then you should consider looking into Energise Barnet. Energise Barnet
is a community initiative run by local residents to improve the energy efficiency of housing and the environmental wellbeing of the London Borough of Barnet. Launched on 1st March 2011, its aim is to enable local residents to save and make money by going green.
One of the ways they help local residents is by helping them install solar PV panels on their property, which then earn a 10% p.a. return on their investment per year, taking advantage of the U.K Government’s Feed In Tariff (FIT) scheme
. Introduced in April 2010, the scheme enables homeowners to receive payments for generating their own electricity guaranteed for 25 years, tax free and inflation adjusted.
If you cannot afford to purchase a solar PV electricity system, they can still help you reduce energy bills. In this situation, solar PV panels would be installed at very low cost to you but the financier will receive the FIT payments.
Property owners could obtain quotes themselves. However, there are over 1,000 installer firms to choose from ranging from new start-ups and small family owned businesses to large energy suppliers and prices, product quality, customer service and aftercare varies, widely. Energise Barnet brings people together into buying groups, ensuring a safer investment and securing bulk purchase discounts.
Energise Barnet works to enable the community as a whole, to save and make money by going 'green'. In turn, this will lead to lower carbon emissions and help protect the environment.
They help homeowners, schools, churches and businesses etc, reduce energy bills, generate income, increase property value and maximise their return on investment.
Energise Barnet will operate as a social enterprise in the best interests of the local community. It is NOT a commercial company. Any surplus income from it's activities will be donated to Barnet Council to help them improve social housing and alleviate fuel poverty in the borough.
The founder is a Barnet resident and member of various working groups related to delivery of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He works full time on an unpaid basis.