Bruton and Castle Cary Plus

Bruton, Castle Cary and surrounding parishes, up to five miles from the centre of Bruton or Castle Cary

Check your roof is suitable or get a Free Quotation – email with your name, address and phone number and put Bruton&CastleCary Solar Streets in the Subject Line.
Please note:  we are experiencing supply issues and it could take up to 6 months for an installation to take place but with rising energy prices it still makes good sense to invest in Solar PV.

If you’ve looked through this site and you still have questions then you can email us on


Live Q&A sessions via Zoom

Thursday 28th January 7.30 pm

If you missed the Q&A above then click below to watch the recording: 

Recording of the BrutonCary+ Q&A January 2021

If you have questions email us at 


Who is Involved?

A Message from your Council and One Planet Bruton

 “Generating our own renewable energy is one of the powerful ways that we can reduce our community’s carbon emissions, and our ongoing contribution to the Climate Emergency. Bruton Town Council is proud to support the “Solar Streets” project!” Ewan Jones, Mayor of Bruton

“Bruton made a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. One Planet Bruton is about finding ways for us to live within a fair share of the earth’s resources. Generating our own renewable energy with Solar Streets will help towards this, and will generate funds for local community projects.” Jane Durney, Chair of Bruton Climate and Ecological Emergency Working Group and Co-founder of One Planet Bruton

“Castle Cary Town Council is pleased to support this partnership working initiative ‘Solar Streets’.  Its aims fully fit with our environmental action plan for Castle Cary to be carbon neutral by 2030.  We enthusiastically endorse this scheme which we hope  our community will engage with and benefit from.” Judi Morison, Chair of Castle Cary Town Council


What’s the Deal?


What is available in the Scheme?

Standard Offering

The Standard Offering is a 4kWp system including installation. However, you may need a smaller or larger system, and these are both 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 340Wp panels from reputable experienced manufacturers of solar panels Jinko and JA Solar who are two of the biggest suppliers in the world

  • A standard 4kWp, 12 panel system saves 1.5T of carbon dioxide per year according to the Energy Saving Trust (

Optional Extras

Battery Storage Systems

  • Both “dumb” – simple storage of your panel’s output and discharge to your home, and

  • “Advanced” – Artificial Intelligence based systems that optimise exports and imports by looking at wholesale prices in the electricity market


  • use this neat little add-on device, which attaches to your water tank, to heat your water with your solar energy

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

  • we can easily put in a charging point for your electric vehicle at the same time


You must decide how to fund the panels yourself – there are the usual funding avenues for you to explore, but as you are in the South West of England, then Lendology work with local Councils to provide loans to householders.

South West of England

  • If you need a loan to finance your panels then Lendology will offer you advice and a quotation if your project matches their lending criteria.

    Lendology CIC is a unique lender, working with homeowners to fund home improvements.  Based on the outskirts of Taunton, our team works across the South West providing a variety of loan schemes in partnership with local district councils.  As a not-for-profit organisation, using the Council partner funding, we are able to provide homeowners access to financial support to help with the cost of repairs.”

    Please note:  Lendology has no connection with Solar Streets, The Green Group (UK) Ltd or IDDEA Ltd.  We are not offering financial advice – if you choose to speak to Lendology about a loan then that is your own choice and they will explain all the financial consequences to you.

Commercial Options

Solar Canopies

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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

    • This 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.

Helpful Videos

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 



How do I get the Deal?

Solar Panels

If you want Solar Panels installed then you can simply contact IDDEA directly through – they will first conduct a desktop survey of your property making sure it is suitable for solar panels and they will then arrange a free, no obligation physical survey on your property (all social distancing guidelines will be followed).  If you want any added extras they will explain them all to you clearly and with transparant prices – there will be no hard sell.

Energy Deal with Octopus Energy

If you wish to find out about the energy deal with Octopus Energy then click the Octopus Picture below – this does not commit you to anything, it will only give you a quote.  You then need to decide for yourself whether you want to switch supplier or not.  If you do switch to Octopus you will receive £50 from Octopus and the Bruton and Castle Cary Community Fund will also receive £50.  You do not have to wait for your panels to be installed before you switch; in fact you do not even have to have panels installed – you can use this link to switch to Octopus energy at any time and they will still contribute to the community fund.

Octopus Energy Deal

Please note:  neither IDDEA, The Green Group, or any body associated with Solar Streets receives any money or commission from Octopus Energy for this deal – you get £50 and the Community Fund gets £50 – that’s it!

Any other Questions?

If, after looking through the information above, you have any other questions then please feel free to email us on