Bristol Credit Union launches loans for solar installations

Energy & Low Carbon Industry | South West

Bristol Credit Union has launched a new solar loan to help householders take advantage of the Feed-in-Tariff before the Government forces its end in March 2019.

The current Feed-in-Tariff pays solar PV generators based on how much electricity they generate. It has become more restrictive in recent years, but new installations can still benefit – for now. The new loan facility is available to all homeowners, private landlords, buildings under community ownership, and other businesses and organisations to accelerate installation of their solar PV ahead of the cut off.

Bristol and the wider city region has a target to run on clean energy, that is to become carbon neutral by 2050. A study undertaken by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in 2009 showed that private housing solar PV had a resource potential of 74 MWe with an estimated investment potential of £60m, whilst social housing had 22 MWe and £28m, and commercial solar had PV 46MWe and £39m respectively. This means that there are plenty of roofs left in the city that could easily become renewable energy generators, reducing carbon emissions and saving on electricity bills.

Commenting on the launch, James Berry, CEO at Bristol Credit Union, said: At Bristol Credit Union, we’ve just installed our own solar panels to support our city’s carbon-neutral challenge and to beat the end of Feed-in-Tariffs. To help you do the same, we’re now launching a special deal. If it’s a lack of a cash lump sum that’s been holding you back, we want to support you. We’re offering a limited tranche of long-term funds at low interest rates to help support our region’s drive to reduce carbon emissions and to play our part in supporting local residents to work with us towards that goal.”

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