Didcot Plus

Didcot Plus Solar Streets is centred on Didcot, and invites anyone with an OX11 postcode to join in.  Appleford and Culham are also part of DidcotPlus Solar Streets.

Check your roof is suitable or get a Free Quotation – email info@IDDEA.co.uk with your name, address and phone number and put Didcot Plus Solar Streets in the Subject Line.  If you get a message back saying IDDEA cannot quote at the moment, then email Info@SolarStreets.co.uk and we will put you on a waiting list for a quotation so you don’t miss out.  This is due to the rise in demand for solar panels because of the sudden increase in electricity prices, and the shortage of parts and batteries because of global events – all solar companies have been affected by this – please be patient and we will get a quote to you as soon as possible.

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 is given by IDDEA on every installation, to a new fund to be established for the purpose, called the Didcot Community Fund.

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 to address the Climate Emergency.  They have installed Solar Streets projects in neighbouring areas including Wallingford plus nearby villages, Henley, and Thame, as well as further afield in Frome, Glastonbury, Wells, St Albans, 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, tell us you’re in DidcotPlus 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 DidcotPlus Solar Streets an effective tool in the effort to halt Climate Change and help Save Our Planet.

 

Launch of Solar Streets with Presentation and Q&A session via Zoom

Thursday 8th April 2021 at 7.30 pm

If you missed the above then click here to watch the recording

 

Who is Involved?

A Message from your Green Advocates

Sustainable Didcot

“Sustainable Didcot carry out projects which enable Didcot residents to live more sustainably, spread awareness about looking after ecosystems,  and strengthen community connections. We feel Solar streets is a project which covers all of these aspects, and we are very excited to see it arrive in Didcot.”

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Didcot Town Council

“Solar Streets started in 2019 and has been rolled out in more than a dozen places. Didcot Town Council welcomes the scheme in Didcot. Residents are encouraged to explore this opportunity with a view to saving carbon and helping the environment. Didcot Town Council is committed to addressing the Climate Emergency and this is a move in that direction.”

 

  What’s the Deal?

1T Carbon Saved per installation

 

What is available in the Scheme?

Standard Offering

The Standard Offering is a 3.7 kWp system including installation and is from £4,810 – this is likely to suit a 3-Bedroom house. However, you may need a smaller or larger system, and these are available, just ask.  For example, a 4.44 kWp system of 12 panels is from £5,095 and will suit a larger house or larger consumption of electricity. You may also wish to take advantage of optional extras (see below).

Unfortunately prices have increased this year due to increased transportation costs and leaps in the price of fuel, but you will find that this has affected all solar installers – also, be aware they may have to increase again with the current volatile world situation.  However, there was some good news with the removal of VAT on panel installation and this is reflected in the prices above.  If you have already had a quote then the price you have been quoted will be honoured if you are within the acceptance period shown on your quotation and the VAT will be removed.  All installers have been hit by these price rises but, as always, we recommend you get at least one other quotation to make sure you are happy with the prices quoted by Solar Streets, but we stress that you need to make sure you are comparing like for like and it is the same size system.

Solar PV Panels
  • The standard offering now features black 370Wp panels, from JA Solar Panels, Jinko panels or Longi by Trina Solar.  These Chinese manufacturers are listed as 8, 8.5 and 8.5 respectively in the top 19 Ethical Companies Report.  See below for images from the report.

  • A standard 3.7 kWp, 10 panel system saves just under 1T of carbon dioxide per year (Jan2022) 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.

Optional Extras

Optimised System
  • 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 £1,000 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 from approx £3,400 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.  Sorry, there’s nothing we can do about this!

iBOOST
  • 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 approx £330 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 as we install your panels.  However, IDDEA generally don’t do stand-alone charging points – it’s only cost effective if it’s done on the back of installing your panels.  

  • If your electric car is sat at home during the day 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.  Currently IDDEA only install regular one way chargers.

 

The Community Fund

Didcot Community Fund is a new fund to be established for the benefit of the Community entirely as a result of the Solar Streets Project

  • IDDEA add £50 per residential installation and £100 for a commercial installation into the Didcot Community Fund

  • Didcot Community Fund will be spent on green projects to benefit Didcot and the surrounding area

Funding

You must decide how to fund the panels yourself – there are the usual funding avenues for you to explore, as well as re-mortgaging and low interest loans, but you must do your own due diligence on what any of these financial deals entail and choose accordingly.  Solar Streets cannot give you any financial advice.  IDDEA accept Debit and Credit Cards.

Low-Income Households

This offer from the National Energy Foundation (NEF) to home owners or tenants on low incomes may still be available.  If you think you qualify after reading the information below then call them on 0800 038 6030 or email them on greenhomesgrant@nef.org.uk or go to https://nef.org.uk/project/green-homes-grant/

“The National Energy Foundation are working alongside local authorities in Watford, Hertsmere, Three Rivers, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to deliver grants to eligible citizens.  As part of the governments Green Home Grant initiative, we have been given funding to help low-income residents make energy saving changes to improve the warmth and wellbeing of their home and to help the UK on the path to net zero.  Homes can benefit from measures such as insulation as well as heating upgrades to help improve your home’s performance in a programme fully funded by this grant.”

This is how you qualify – Homeowners and Private Tenants – you must have a household income of less than £30,000 (can increase to £45,750 if 2 adults and 4 children) AND your EPC rating (Energy Performance Certificate) must be C or lower.  Homeowners may be able to claim up to £10,000 and Landlords of Private Tenants may be able to claim up to £5,000 per property for green improvements like solar pv, insulation and led lightbulbs if this increases the EPC rating of the property.

Homeowners – an EPC is produced whenever a house is sold, so you should have received one when you bought your house.  Private Tenants – your landlord will have a current EPC.  However, if you’re not sure how to find out any of this information simply phone NEF on 0800 038 6030 or email them on greenhomesgrant@nef.org.uk and they will help you find out this information.

Please Note:  you can only claim things that improve your EPC.  Solar pv panels will improve your EPC but batteries will not.  However if you qualify for free panel installation then NEF have no objection to you contracting with IDDEA directly to pay for add-ons like batteries yourself, as long as they are installed at the same time.

 

Commercial Options

For all the options below please remember to let us know you are part of DidcotPlus 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:  www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk

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 Info@IDDEA.co.uk

Businesses/Schools
  • 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.

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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 Info@SolarStreets.co.uk 

                            

 

How Do I Get the Deal?

Solar Panels

If you want Solar Panels installed then you can simply contact IDDEA directly through Info@IDDEA.co.uk – they will first 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.  If you want any added extras they will explain them all to you clearly and with transparent prices – there will be no hard sell ever.  Even during lockdown solar panels can be installed as they are classed as “permitted construction”.

 

Thinking of Changing Supplier?

We looked for a renewable energy supplier who wanted to support Solar Streets by contributing to the Community Fund whenever anyone switched to them.  Octopus were the only company who were interested in helping this community scheme. 

Please note: you do not have to change supplier to get the Solar Streets deal  

However, 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,  and may wish to find out about other green energy companies before you decide – they all have different tariffs and different benefits. 

If you do switch to Octopus you will receive £50 from Octopus and the Didcot 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 nor The Green Group 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 Info@SolarStreets.co.uk