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 emissions.”

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.”