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Marks & Spencer joins solar bandwagon

By Rob Hull on September 7, 2010

Marks & Spencer has become the most recent big-name firm to launch a range of Solar PV and Solar Thermal water heating panels.

The high-street giant has become one of the first retailers to offer solar energy packages as the clothing and food seller looks to take advantage of the Feed-in Tariffs.

Marks & Spencer initially entered the market in 2008 when it linked up with Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) to launch M&S Energy.

Richard Gillies, Director of Plan A & Sustainable Business at M&S, said: “This is the latest example of M&S offering our customers efficient solutions to their home energy needs.

“We’re committed to meeting the challenges of climate change both within our own operations and through encouraging customers to reduce their own carbon footprints.

“Installing a solar solution will help customers save money over the long term by reducing their energy bills and will lead to significant cuts in customers’ carbon emissions.”

Two solar packages are on offer from M&S. Both will include a free assessment to find the best solar solution for the property in question and the installation of roof-mounted solar panels carried out by Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited technicians.

Stephen Langford, Head of M&S Energy, says: “Utilising solar energy at home saves you money on your heating and electricity bills and helps tackle climate change.

“We’ve brought the M&S quality standard to this service to make it easy for customers to get the most out of solar energy.

“We’re committed to selecting the best installers, and delivering the best lead times on the market. Each solar package will be tailored to a customer’s individual needs, ensuring they receive the high level of service they expect from M&S.”

Packages for Solar PV installations will be available from £7,999 and Solar Thermal packages start from £3,999.

Customers can find out more about M&S’ new solar offer by calling 0800-0106106 or clicking here.