If you live in Rochester or the surrounding areas like Gillingham, Chatham, Strood, Brompton, Wainscoot, Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Sheerness or any other part of the Rochester ME postcode area then you can get free solar panels installed. There have been a number of both paid and free solar photovoltaic installations in this part of Kent. Rochester is in a region of the country that is very suitable for solar with relatively high levels of insolation.
There are a number of free installers based nearby in London and Greater London. Installer include Homesun, Isis Solar, Woodford Energy, Engensa and Freetricity. If you are interested in becoming one of the households benefiting from lower electricity bills then you can apply for free solar panels in Rochester.
Ofgem collect data from all registered solar panel installations in the UK. In 2010 there 111 registered domestic installations for solar photovoltaics totalling just over 237 kWp capacity. This makes the average installation to be around 2.14 kilowatts, about the average size for a typical system in the UK when installed on a residential property. Rochester has a relatively low take up of solar making up only a tiny minority of its full potential.
The highest number of separate installs has been in Faversham and the surrounding rural area of ME13. There were 18 systems registered in 2010 making a total capacity of 38.65kWp, again also the highest figure for the Rochester area. By contrast the ME11 Queenborough and Rushenden areas have yet to have any solar fitted whatsoever, you could be the first household to adopt solar in your area.
Other areas of note is the village of West Malling (ME19) where 8 homes had solar installed bringing the villages total solar capacity to 21.15kWp. Also the ME8 to ME10 areas of Rainham and Sittingbourne have also had above average take up of solar for this postcode area.
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