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 Ham Hill Plus Community Fund is given on every install – £50 for a domestic installation and £100 for a commercial one. If you live in one of the surrounding villages then the Ham Hill Plus 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. They have installed Solar Streets projects in neighbouring areas including Frome, Wells and Somerton as well as further afield in Wallingford, Henley & Thame, 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, and tell us you’re in Ham Hill Plus 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 Ham Hill Plus Solar Streets an effective weapon in the fight to halt Climate Change and Save Our Planet.
Launch Presentation and Q&A session via Zoom
See a REPLAY of the June event by clicking the link above.
Who is Involved?
A Message from your Green Advocates
“Chiselborough is keen to promote the pursuit of a more sustainable lifestyle and in doing so combat climate change. Renewable energy forms a key part of the Government’s strategy for Net Zero carbon by 2050 and the sooner we all act the easier it will be to realise this ambitious goal. Therefore, we welcome this initiative for solar power installations across the Ham Hill villages and encourage residents to investigate this opportunity further. Please consider Solar Streets alongside other providers as a possible solution to your sustainable energy needs. “
Dr Roger Bulley, Chair of Chiselborough Parish Council
“Norton-sub-Hamdon is keen to play our part in reducing our carbon footprint and to promote a sustainable lifestyle. The use of PV panels to use solar energy is an excellent way to do this. The Solar Streets scheme has been proved to help towards this aim in many areas and we are pleased this opportunity is offered to our residents.“
Prue Biddle, Norton Parish Councillor
“Odcombe Parish Council are delighted to see the Solar Streets project come to the Ham Hill Villages. It gives home and business owners the opportunity to benefit from solar panels at a discounted price. An average installation reduces the carbon footprint by 1 tonne per annum as well as reducing household bills.“
Deryl Rennie, Odcombe Parish Councillor
“South Somerset District Council fully endorses the Solar Streets scheme, enabling communities to group buy discounted solar PV system installations to generate clean green energy for their homes and communities. This is helping to act on the climate emergency, towards achieving carbon neutrality across South Somerset by providing fossil fuel free local energy generation and in addition it will generate funds for local community projects”
Sarah Dyke, Environment Portfolio Holder for SSDC
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 may be able to 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 add £50 per residential installation and £100 for a commercial installation into the Community Fund
Ham Hill Plus Community Fund will be spent on green projects to benefit Ham Hill and the surrounding area
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.
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. Click here to go to Lendology’s website.
“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 and we are not recommending Lendology – 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.
For all the options below please remember to let us know you are part of Ham Hill Plus 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 Ham Hill Plus Solar Streets.
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”.