Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Marks & Sparks offer solar power to energy customers

Marks & Spencer (M&S), in partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE)
has announced that it is launching a range of solar photovoltaic and solar
thermal water heating solutions to help customers cut their carbon emissions
and reduce their energy bills under the company name, M&S Energy.

M&S is one of the first retailers to offer solar energy packages that enable
customers to take advantage of the UK's generous feed-in-tariff (FiT), which
is set at 41.3 pence per kilowatt hour of renewable energy produced on a
system under 5kW.

M&S will offer two solar packages, Solar Thermal and Solar PV, which will
both include the installation of roof mounted solar panels:

* Solar Thermal - customers can choose from three different sized
panel systems (from 2.05m² to 6.15m²), allowing users to save up to £85 a
year on hot water heating bills, meeting up to 50% of an average household's
hot water requirement. Packages will be available from £3,999.
* Solar PV - with different sized panel systems on offer (from 10m² to
30m²), users will be able select the most appropriate solution to help
reduce their energy bills by generating free renewable energy for their
homes - with combined saving and earnings customers could be over £1000 a
year better off. Packages will be available from £7,999. All M&S Energy solar packages will include a free assessment to determine
the best solution for each home, and a full panel and system installation by
an M&S approved installer accredited under MCS.

Richard Gillies, Director of Plan A & Sustainable Business at M&S, said,
"This is the latest example of M&S offering our customers efficient
solutions to their home energy needs. We're committed to meeting the
challenges of climate change both within our own operations and through
encouraging customers to reduce their own carbon footprints. Installing a
solar solution will help customers save money over the long term by reducing
their energy bills and will lead to significant cuts in customers' carbon

Stephen Langford, Head of M&S Energy, said, "Utilising solar energy at home
saves you money on your heating and electricity bills and helps tackle
climate change. We've brought the M&S quality standard to this service to
make it easy for customers to get the most out of solar energy.

"We're committed to selecting the best installers, and delivering the best
lead times on the market. Each solar package will be tailored to a
customer's individual needs, ensuring they receive the high level of service
they expect from M&S."

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