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 Marlow 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 your community fund is given on every install.

There is a lot of information on this page so have a good look through.  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 Marlow 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 physical survey, we will do this free of charge also and will arrange a time to come and see your property – please note, all Covid guidelines will be followed.

If you have any questions about anything 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 Marlow Solar Streets an effective weapon in the fight to halt Climate Change and Save Our Planet.

 

Live Q&A sessions via Zoom

Tuesday 19 January 2021      7.30 pm – 8.30 pm

If you missed the Q&A above then here is a recording:

Marlow Solar Streets Q&A Recording 19/1/21

Email us at Info@SolarStreets.co.uk if you have any questions.

 

Who is Involved?

Marlow Energy Group (MEG) is a not for profit Community Benefit Society.  MEG’s mission is to:
  • Help Marlow become a net zero carbon town by 2030
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration
  • Develop/invest in renewable energy schemes
  • Support community share ownership and opportunities for local businesses
For more details, please contact MEG at marlowenergygroup@gmail.com
or visit www.marlowenergygroup.com

A Message from Marlow Town Council
Marlow Town Council is pleased to highlight this opportunity with IDDEA, working as a community scheme to create bulk discount benefits.
The plan is for Marlow Town Council and Marlow Energy Group to work in support of this initiative, while IDDEA contract directly with property owners.
IDDEA have run similar projects that were well supported in Frome, Henley, Thame and St Albans.

 

What’s the Deal?

1T Carbon Saved per installation

 

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 1T of carbon dioxide per year (Dec 2020) according to the Energy Saving Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk)

The Community Fund

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

  • Marlow’s Community Fund will be adminstered by Marlow Energy Group (MEG) which is a not for profit Community Benefit Society and will spend the fund on green energy projects to benefit Marlow

Optional Extras

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.

iBOOST

  • use this neat little add-on device, which attaches to your water tank, to heat your water with your solar energy – please note:  you need a water tank, this doesn’t work on combi-boilers

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

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

Commercial Options

For all the options below please remember to let us know you are part of Marlow 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

    • 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.

  • Funding

    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.

    Low-Income Households

    there is currently an offer from the National Energy Foundation (NEF) to home owners or tenants on low incomes.  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.

     

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?

  • Contact IDDEA directly through Info@IDDEA.co.uk and tell them you are part of Marlow 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. 

  • When you accept the quotation in principal, IDDEA will come out and do a technical survey of your property to make sure that the quotation is correct.  If everything is OK they will resubmit the quotation to you and if you want to go ahead then a 25% deposit is taken. Please be assured that IDDEA are members of HIES, which offers consumers protection against unforseen issues.  If anything should happen to IDDEA and they could not continue your installation, then HIES will make sure you get your money back.  https://www.hiesscheme.org.uk/ 

  • A date will be set for the installation and just before installation takes place then an extra 35% is payable.

  • When the installation is complete and successfully signed off you pay the extra 40%.

  • 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 tarifs and different benefits. 

If you do switch to Octopus you will receive £50 from Octopus and the MEG 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