Saturday, July 20, 2024

EDF launches Britain’s first solar tariff with no standing charge

EDF has launched a market-first solar tariff with daily off-peak discounts and zero standing charges or exit fees.

Exclusively available to new customers that install a solar panel and battery bundle through EDF’s solar installer, Contact Solar, the new Empower Exclusive tariff will help customers slash household bills and carbon emissions. Typical energy users could reduce electricity bills to almost zero thanks to the energy generated by the panels and through optimising the battery1.

EDF is committed to helping customers save cash and carbon and following the acquisition of Contact Solar earlier this year, this one-year introductory offer marks the first of its exclusive solar ‘net zero home’ product and tariff bundles.

Alongside zero standing charges, the time of use tariff helps customers save cash and carbon by providing three hours of discounted, zero carbon electricity every day between the hours of 1am and 4am.

The discounted night rate has been cleverly designed to optimise battery charging. Whether it’s low sunshine during winter months, or overnight, customers can significantly reduce their reliance on the grid in peak hours by charging the battery in cheaper hours.

The launch of the Empower Exclusive tariff follows EDF’s recent acquisition of Chorley-based solar and battery installer, Contact Solar. Together EDF and Contact Solar are offering £500 off new solar panel and battery installations for the first 500 customers signing up to the bundle2, as well as nothing to pay until the system is fully installed.

With solar panel systems available for on average £8,495 for a typical 3-bedroom house, Contact Solar’s package offer includes 10 solar panels, a 5kw hybrid inverter and 5.32kw battery, all installation and scaffolding costs, a 10-year battery and inverter warranty, a 25-year solar panel warranty, virtual and technical survey costs, and access to a system monitoring and performance app. All combinations of solar and battery installs will also benefit from 0% VAT.

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director of Customers at EDF, said: “We know more and more people are looking for ways to save cash and carbon, which is why we’re pleased to bring this unique solar product bundle to the market.

“Working closely with Contact Solar, we look forward to helping more customers enjoy the benefits of solar panels, providing them with a fantastic end-to-end installation service and significant reductions on household bills.”

Tom Taylor, Director at Contact Solar, said: “We’re delighted to now be a fully integrated part of EDF, bringing exceptional new benefits to customers such as this new exclusive energy bundle.

“With an incredible £500 discount on solar and battery installations for the first 500 customers, we look forward to helping more customers install solar technology in their homes as the country progresses towards a greener future.”

Rated ‘Excellent’ on TrustPilot, Contact Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF. The company is certified by the Microgeneration Certifications Scheme (MCS) and TrustMark Certified by the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme.

For more information or to sign up to the Empower Exclusive tariff, click here:

To check eligibility for the tariff, click here: Tariff Eligibility Criteria | EDF (

[1] Savings based on Apr 2024 Standard Variable Price Cap and dependant on household consumption patterns. The average saving of more than £800 per year compared to the price cap assumes Ofgem typical consumption, payment by Direct Debit and national average tariff rates. A typical customer on Standard Variable Tariff (2,700 kWh consumption with Standard Electricity meter) would pay £881 per year for electricity based on April 2024 energy price cap rates. A typical customer with 2,700 of solar generation and a battery with capacity of 3 kWh will pay £0 over a year, based on April 2024 (Import and Export) Empower Exclusive tariff rates. Assumes that solar generation is prioritised to power the home with excess stored in the battery. Battery discharge is prioritised for use in peak hours. The battery is topped up using imported energy in off-peak hours and discharges during the peak. Excess energy not used for the home / when the battery is full is exported.

[2] T&Cs apply. For more information on the offer click here:

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