Check your roof is suitable or get a Free Quotation – email info@IDDEA.co.uk or call 01494 614525 with your name, address and phone number and say you’re from Wycombe Solar Streets. IDDEA will do a desktop search via Google Earth and get back to you with the details
Solar Streets is a way of getting solar panels for your house or business at discounted prices. You can directly help in the fight against climate change, as well as helping your local community, as a donation to the Wycombe Community Fund is given on every installation – £50 for a domestic installation and £100 for a commercial one. If you live in one of the surrounding villages then the Wycombe scheme is also open to you.
Your solar panels will be installed by IDDEA Ltd. Established in 2007, IDDEA have installed over 1,000 solar projects across the South and are committed to supporting communities to take action against climate change. IDDEA Ltd have a depot in High Wycombe on the Basepoint Business Centre, Lincoln Road, near the Cressex Business Park as well as their original depot in Westbury, Wiltshire. They have installed Solar Streets projects in neighbouring areas including Wallingford, Henley, Marlow, and Thame, as well as further afield in Frome, Wells, Swanage, and others.
The way the scheme works is set out in detail further down the page. However, if you know you want panels now and would like us to do a free desktop survey to see if your roof is suitable then email us today at Info@IDDEA.co.uk with your name, full address with postcode, and tell us you’re in Wycombe Solar Streets and we’ll check it out for you. We do not need to visit your property to do a desktop survey. If, after you have the results of the desktop survey, you want us to perform a more comprehensive survey, we will do this free of charge but without visiting your property in these strange times. We will contact you by telephone and email to get all of the details we need to give you a no obligation quotation and to explain all of your options. If you are worried that your roof has a problem and would prefer a physical survey then we can arrange to come out to you. Installations and surveys can take place even during lockdown as it is permitted construction and all Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.
If you have any questions to do with Solar Streets or anything you’ve seen on this page then email us at Info@SolarStreets.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.
Let’s make Wycombe Solar Streets an effective weapon in the fight to halt Climate Change and Save Our Planet.
Launch Presentation and Q&A session via Zoom
Thursday 22 July at 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
If you missed the Launch Presentation above then CLICK HERE for a copy of the video replay
If you have any questions please contact us on Info@SolarStreets.co.uk
Who is Involved?
A Message from your Green Advocates
“Buckinghamshire Community Energy is delighted to be partnering with IDDEA to bring Solar Streets to High Wycombe. Our main objective is to help to reduce carbon emissions in Buckinghamshire, and, as one of the county’s largest towns, Wycombe has the opportunity to have a big impact on getting Buckinghamshire to Net Zero by 2030. We are hoping lots of residents will take advantage of the Solar Streets offer to invest in affordable, renewable energy to ensure more of the electricity they use daily is zero carbon, and therefore better for the planet. “
Kirsty Shanahan, Founder Member and Director,
Buckinghamshire Community Energy
“Wycombe Friends of the Earth believes that domestic solar panels can make a valuable contribution to combating climate change. The Solar Streets scheme should enable Wycombe residents to install solar panels at a reduced cost while making a contribution to a new local green fund.”
Wycombe Friends of the Earth
“The Low Carbon Chilterns Cooperative is delighted to see the Solar Street initiative come to High Wycombe and we are delighted to have the chance to work alongside this exciting new project.”
The Low Carbon Chilterns Cooperative
“High Wycombe Community Board would encourage and support local householders in accessing schemes, like those on offer from The Green Group / IDDEA, that create bulk discount benefits. Similar projects have been well-supported in Frome, Henley, Thame, Marlow and St Albans.
High Wycombe Community Board supports initiatives such as Solar Streets as a way to promote solar power and renewables to Wycombe residents.
For further information about renewable energy schemes and alternative providers please visit the Energy Saving Trust or Simple Energy Advice websites for Government endorsed advice. Please note that arrangements are with companies and householder directly. Buckinghamshire Council does not endorse any specific commercial product or service mentioned or advised on by any private company.”
High Wycombe Community Board
What’s the Deal?
What is available in the Scheme?
The Standard Offering is a 3.6 kWp system including installation and is approx £4,100. However, you may need a smaller or larger system, and these are offered with the same percentage discount as the Standard Offering. You may also wish to take advantage of optional extras (see below).
The Technical Survey will also highlight any potential issues we need to take into consideration, like a problem roof or difficult access to your property, and these may change the price of the installation. However, all of these options will be explained to you after the Technical Survey when we know more about your property and your electricity useage. You will be given a quotation for whatever system you think is right for you, and everything will be priced clearly with no hard sell.
Solar PV Panels
The standard offering now features black 360Wp panels from Longi. Trina Solar manufacture Longi panels and they are listed as number 6 in the top 19 Ethical Companies Report. Other panels we sometimes use are Jinko panels (listed at number 5) and JA Solar panels (listed at number 7). See below for images from the report.
A standard 3.6 kWp, 10 panel system saves approx 1T of carbon dioxide per year (Jan2020) according to the Energy Saving Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk). If you imagine a cube 8.2 m (27 ft) filled with carbon dioxide, then that’s the amount of carbon saved in 1T.
The prices for panels have just increased but the power has increased from 340 w to 360 w per panel, and so you can now get a reasonable system on smaller roofs. The Solar Street prices for full installation are now:
3.6 kWp 10 panel system approx £4,100 and
4.32 kWp 12 panel system approx £4,300
The Community Fund
IDDEA give £50 per residential installation and £100 for a commercial installation into the Community Fund
The Community Fund will be spent on green projects to benefit Wycombe
If you are worried about losing power from your panels because of shading issues, or a single panel failing and knocking out the others, then you can upgrade your system to an optimised system. This uses a different inverter which controls optimisers on each panel so that if one panel has a problem, the inverter takes it out of the system so it doesn’t affect the rest of the panels and they will go on producing electricity as normal. We only suggest an optimised system if you have a severe shading problem as it is not necessary otherwise. When you ask IDDEA for a quote be sure to tell them you may want an optimised system. This will add approximately £990 onto the cost of your normal system whatever size system you go for, but it will be itemised in the quote so you know exactly what you’re paying for.
Battery Storage Systems
If you are going to need to use your Solar PV output in the evening then you will need a battery to store the energy during the day for use later. A 5kW Givenergy battery is £3,055.50 fitted when you have it installed with the panels.
You can have a battery fitted later if you want but it will be more expensive as the VAT changes. The price installed with the panels only has 5% VAT on it, but the price installed later has 20% VAT on it.
Use this neat little add-on device, which attaches to your water tank, to heat your water with your solar energy. The iBoost diverts any excess solar power to your tank to heat your water (rather than using your gas or oil boiler to do this). This generally saves you more money than selling your excess back to the grid at 5p per unit. Please note: you need a water tank with a heating element, this doesn’t work on combi-boilers. An iBoost is £315 when fitted with your panels.
Electric Vehicle Charging Points
We can easily put in a charging point for your electric vehicle at the same time. IDDEA only install regular one way chargers.
If your electric car is sat at home during the day (as many are at the moment) then you can use your panels to charge it. Many people think about using their car battery as battery storage to use later, but you can only do this if you have a 2-way charger so you can take the power out of the battery and back to the grid when you need to. Most 2-way chargers are only in trials at the moment, but you will be able to buy them in the future.
You must decide how to fund the panels yourself – there are the usual funding avenues for you to explore, including re-mortgaging and low percentage loans, but you must decide yourself what is appropriate for your situation. IDDEA take debit and credit cards.
For all the options below please remember to let us know you are part of Wycombe Solar Streets so we can apply your discount.
Also, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £5,000 towards your Business Project from Low Carbon Workspaces – they are completely independent of Solar Streets – check them out here to see if they are operating in your area: www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk
For businesses who don’t have enough roof space or just want extra solar electricity, you can add solar canopies to your car park space – you can still use it as a car park but the panels sit on a canopy above the cars on a secure steel structure – ask us at Info@IDDEA.co.uk
If you use a lot of electricity in your business and have a large roof on your workspace then ask us about a commercial installation and see how you can save on your electricity bill – ask us at Info@IDDEA.co.uk
If your business doesn’t have the funds to hand for the installation but you still want to use Green Electricity then ask us about a Power Purchase Agreement where you do not have any upfront cost but you can still save money on the per unit rate you pay for your electricity – please note, a PPA usually runs for 10 to 25 years so it is not a short-term option, but can be a great option if you own your building or have a very long lease – ask us at Info@IDDEA.co.uk
The Power Purchase Agreement (explained above), is a particularly good option for SCHOOLS and COLLEGES that have the roof space and the electricity demand but don’t have the immediate funds, because you will usually either own the building or be staying in the same building for a long time. All the upfront costs of installing and maintaining the panels are paid for – you can then save money on your electricity bills by paying a lower per unit rate for your electricity secure in the knowledge that you are also reducing your carbon footprint. This is a great teaching point for your students also.
To find out more information on the Scheme then click on the green boxes below.
Please note: if you are hard of hearing or find it difficult to watch the videos then we have written transcripts available for all of them – just ask us for them on Info@SolarStreets.co.uk
How Do I Get the Deal?
Contact IDDEA directly through Info@IDDEA.co.uk and tell them you are part of Wycombe Solar Streets. Provide your name, phone number and address with postcode.
They will conduct a desktop survey of your property making sure it is suitable for solar panels – this is done across the internet using Google Earth.
They would normally then come and see you for a physical survey, but these are not normal times, and so the next step is to gather more information about your property by talking to you and emailing.
They will produce a free quotation. If you want any added extras they will explain them all to you clearly and with transparant prices – there will be no hard sell ever.
Even during lockdown solar panels can be installed as they are classed as “permitted construction”.