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Small Scale Renewable Energy Hits the Big Time in the UK

Buying solar power in the UK has become literally as easy as pie since one of Britain’s largest supermarket chains announced it is selling panels from its stores and website.

According to Reuters, Retail giant Sainsbury’s has entered into a partnership with British Gas to offer small solar panels and loft insulation. A 2.1Kw solar PV system is retailing for $16,310 to install and set up. The supermarket’s Energy department delivers and installs the units besides giving customers 10,000 Nectar points (the name of its reward system) worth $75.

Sainsbury is planning to educate consumers about the benefits of small-scale renewable energy with in-store advisors all over the UK. This will come in handy since the government is introducing schemes whereby households will get paid for each unit of renewable electricity produced. Estimates are that consumers will save nearly $1,000 that way.

Small-scale renewable energy is seen by many as a greener option that massive farms since it requires no additional space.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.