Marks & Spencer is to sell solar panels for shoppers that want to generate their own hot water and energy.

The Solar Thermal package begins at £3,999 and can meet 50% of the average household’s hot water needs, saving £85 a year. For £7,999, the Solar PV package converts sunlight into caron-free electricity for the home.

Each package includes a assessment to determine the household’s needs, as well as the cost of installation.

“This is the latest example of M&S offering our customers efficient solutions to their home energy needs,” said Richard Gillies, the retailer’s director of sustainable business and head of its Plan A eco-initiative.

“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.”

Earlier this year Tesco unveiled its own home solar power service, with packages starting at £3,499.

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