Bradford Pensioner Gets 8 Solar Panels for Free

“The cost of electricity’s gone up tremendously, and I’m on a quite low pension, so it’s just difficult to make ends meet.”

On November 11th, 2023, Keith, a retiree from Wyke near Bradford, was selected to receive a fully-funded grant to install solar panels in his house, thanks to our SPF Grant programme. By December 5th, 2023, he had eight solar panels installed on his home. Keith was thrilled because he had been struggling with the skyrocketing electricity costs on his fixed pension, and this grant came at an opportune time for him.

The Struggle with Rising Electricity Costs

Keith was facing a common problem that many people are dealing with—the rising cost of living. Keith hails from Huddersfield but moved to Wyke, a small area near Bradford, seven years ago. He currently lives in a charming 170-year-old house with his two dogs. However, like many people across the UK, he has noticed a significant increase in his electricity bills, which was putting a strain on his limited pension income.

The Search for Solar Energy Solutions in Bradford

Keith’s journey into using solar energy started from a simple need: to find a way to keep his home running without breaking the bank.

“I’ve been looking online and checking the government and council websites for funding because I know they do them. But the more I looked into it, the more I found out that they stopped funding six months ago and they haven’t got enough money to do it and I’ve gone on the waiting list and so forth.”

Discovering Solar Panel Funding

After exhaustive searches and facing the reality of discontinued government funding, Keith’s discovery of Solar Panel Funding marked the beginning of a new chapter.

“I found Solar Panel Funding through the internet, left a message with them, and they contacted me back.”

An Easy Application Process

The SPF grant application process is entirely online. Keith found it simple and accessible to complete from his home in Bradford. This simple, user-friendly approach ensures that applicants can easily submit the necessary information.

“They just walked me through every step. They just said, we’ll send you this, tick these, read through it and send it back to us, send us details of your energy bill, how much you’re expected to use over the year.”

From Scepticism to Satisfaction

At first, Keith was sceptical, but after his encounter with us through the SPF Grant, his outlook changed, and he soon became optimistic. He emphasized how we provided personal attention and guided him through each step, which dispelled his doubts.

“I’m glad it was a private company—they were just there for me.”

8 solar panels installed on a house in Bradford through a fully funded solar panel grant.

A Professional Installation with a Personal Touch

Installing solar panels on Keith’s old house was tough. The roof had uneven stone slates, making installing everything a bit difficult. But the team who did the installation was professional and made it work. They were skilled and dedicated. Keith’s happy with how everything turned out.

“They were absolutely professional—it was a marvellous job.”

Financial and Environmental Benefits

With solar panels installed on his roof, Keith can see how much energy they’re making and how much money he’s saving, all in real time. This change has quickly helped him save a lot on his energy bills, meaning he has more money for other essential things, like caring for his dogs. Besides saving money, Keith is also doing something good for the planet. He’s reducing pollution and helping keep the environment clean by using solar energy.

Keith’s Call to Action to Apply for Solar Panel Grants

Keith believes that the SPF Grant has had a transformative impact on his life and finances, and he hopes that his experience will serve as a wake-up call to others in similar situations.

“I’d recommend them to anybody.”

Eligibility Criteria for a Solar Panel Grant

Understanding the eligibility criteria for getting a solar panel grant is crucial. Generally, these grants are available to homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. Criteria can vary, so, always check with the funding bodies or local government websites for specific requirements.

About Solar Panel Funding

Logo of Solar panel funding - SPF, the company that offered a fully funded solar panel grant to a Bradford resident.

Solar Panel Funding is passionate about fighting fuel poverty in the UK. One of the ways we achieve this mission is by providing eligible homeowners with free solar panels to power their homes. Our approach involves connecting reliable installers with pre-screened solar appointments, and part of our revenue goes towards our SPF Grant. Any income or savings generated by the solar panel system goes directly to the homeowner.

We also offer financing options through our installer network for those interested in green solutions but facing upfront cost barriers. The SPF Grant is the only Solar Panel Grant scheme of its kind in the UK. It is not affiliated with any other supplier or vendor.

As an entity authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, Solar Panel Funding Ltd is not a lender and does not make credit decisions. Instead, we connect applicants with solar panel installers who match loan requests with lenders on their panel.

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