Navitron, supplier and installer of renewable technology, has signed up as an installation partner for US renewable energy developer and manufacturer, SunEdison in the UK.  

Navitron will carry out PV installs for SunEdison’s ‘zero-down’ solar offering for the UK residential market. The scheme will see SunEdison offer residential customers fixed electricity tariffs for 20 years, increasing annually by 3.5%.  

Mark Babcock, vice president of SunEdison Residential and Commercial Europe, welcomed the partnership, stating that Navitron have “a proven track record” in the UK. Babcock added that the company is expecting “high demand” in the UK for the product.

The agreement will see Navitron design, specify, install and maintain the solar assets over the life of the system. Stephen Knight, commercial director for Navitron, said that he “couldn’t be happier about working with SunEdison on their Energy Saver Plan solution”.

In order to mark the release of the company’s Energy Saver Plan, SunEdison has launched a competition to find ‘#BritainsBrightestStreet’. Homeowners on the winning street will receive 10 years of free solar-generated electricity, as well as the ability to nominate a school for a free solar PV installation.

Babcock added: “We are looking for a street in Britain that wants to be the most solar savvy. Not only will the selected neighbours benefit from the free installation and maintenance of solar panels, they will also be saving money off their electricity bills by taking advantage of 10 years’ worth of free energy from the sun’s rays. This is something every bright homeowner and in this case, street, should definitely consider.”

SunEdison’s domestic solar PPA scheme is a novel business model in the UK, but the ‘zero-down’ model is similar to that used to great success in the US by installers such as SolarCity.