Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) has launched a new solar photovoltaic offering for its customers, enabling them to benefit from free renewable electricity. Following in the footsteps of the likes of A Shade Greener and ISIS Solar, SSE will install solar for free, and will reap the reward of the feed-in tariff.

Deals such as this work by installing solar panels on the customer’s house at no charge, allowing the customer to use the electricity generated by these panels for free, in return for allowing SSE Micro Renewables to keep the panels on the roof for the next 25 years and benefit from the generation (paid for energy generated) and export (paid for energy fed back into the national grid) tariffs set at 41.3p per kilowatt hour (kWh) and 3p/kWh respectively.

Based on a typical three bedroom house with a ten solar panel system of 2.35kWp a typical standard credit SSE customer could save around £130 on their electricity bill in the first year, assuming 50% of the free electricity generated is used by the customer.

Alan Evans, National Development manager for SSE said, “Micro-renewable generation is a rapidly growing market that will make an important contribution to the UK’s target for low-carbon generation.

“The introduction of feed-in tariffs (FiT) has changed the economics of micro-renewable generation in a very positive way. However, for many customers the initial outlay required to benefit from these tariffs is still too great. SSE has set up this deal to ensure that there is no outlay by the customer and that they will benefit from free electricity as soon as the system is connected.

“Customers also have the reassurance that their contract is with one of the UK’s largest energy companies, with a track record of installing solar PV that extends over more than five years and is backed up by an excellent reputation for customer service.”