B&Q to offer roof-mounted solar panels for first time. Image: Geograph Britain and Ireland.

Home improvement retailer B&Q has signed a partnership with clean energy solutions provider Egg to offer roof-mounted solar panels for the first time.

Egg has been selected as B&Q’s official solar partner and will design and install systems tailored to the needs of individual homeowners. This will provide a boost to the sector and further increase accessibility to solar PV technology for home use.

Solar solutions from Egg start from £7,740, based on an eight-panel system with a 15-year product warranty and a 25-year performance warranty.

One of the key aspects of the solar partnership is its ability to assess the suitability of customer homes for solar. B&Q will lead this through its Energy Saving Service which advises customers on how to improve energy efficiency.

An appointment is then made in which a B&Q advisor goes through a range of available data from the property, including its age, construction, EPC rating and current energy usage, to present a personalised action plan.

Should solar then be pursued, customers will be referred to Egg in which the company will design, deliver and install a solar solution.

“To make it easier for customers to build an action plan to reduce energy use in their homes, we launched the B&Q Energy Saving Service,” said Chris Bargate, strategy director at B&Q.

“The service offers free, personalised guidance to identify what customers need to do and access to products and services to get it done. We’re pleased to have partnered with Egg to offer the installation of solar panels and storage to help enable our customers to power their homes more sustainably.”

In the summer of 2022, Egg saw enquiries for solar panels rocket as much as 830% year-on-year, as hot weather and forecasts of rising energy costs led to increased interest in harnessing cleaner energy and reducing household bills. 

“It is significant and exciting that B&Q – one of the most trusted names in home improvements – is guiding customers through energy saving options, enabling them to create homes that are more sustainable and cost efficient,” said Julie Agnew, CEO of Egg.

“Egg is thrilled to be partnering with B&Q to remove the complexity around solar panels and make solar energy a viable solution for more homeowners.”