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 St Albans Community Fund is given on every install – £50 for a domestic installation and £100 for a commercial one. If you live in Harpenden, Letchworth or one of the surrounding villages in the St Albans area, then the St Albans 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 Marlow, Henley & 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 St Albans 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 St Albans Solar Streets an effective weapon in the fight to halt Climate Change and Save Our Planet.
Live Presentation and Q&A via Zoom
Please note, the presentation on Wed 30th June has been cancelled – please click on the link above to watch the previous presentation given at the end of May.
A chance for people in the St Albans area, including Harpenden and the Villages, to ask questions about the Solar Streets scheme which offers discounted Solar PV panel systems with a community fund donation aspect.
After registering you will receive an email with a link to join the meeting.
If you cannot attend on this day then look out for the recording which will be posted on this page a few days after the event.
Who is Involved?
A Message from your Council
We are delighted to have this opportunity to support householders to access discounted renewable technology. We are committed to doing all that we can to reduce carbon emissions across the District. If we all play our part individually, we really can make a difference to our climate. It’s so encouraging to know that with each solar panel installed, you will be contributing to community renewables – making the whole district greener.
Sustainability Projects Officer
St Albans City and District Council
What’s the Deal?
Extra Bonus for the Community Fund
In conjunction with Sustainable St Albans, an extra £25 is donated to the Community Fund per home, if a minimum of 6 homes in the same street have Solar PV Panels installed. So if you’re thinking of having panels installed, get together with your neighbours and add an extra £150 minimum to the Community Fund.
Please Note: you do not have to get 6 people together to get Solar Streets, you can apply for it yourself individually and you will still get the discounted panels – the above is just an added bonus if you know 6 of you want to do it
What is available in the Scheme?
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 wil
l 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 approx 1T of carbon dioxide per year according to the Energy Saving Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk Nov2020). Please note: this figure was 1.5T until it was recalculated this year because the grid supply that we are displacing is becoming more renewable and so less carbon is saved compared to the grid supply a year ago – this will continue to change over time.
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 currently £3,055.50 fitted when you have it installed with the panels (June 2021).
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 currently £315 when fitted with your panels (June 2021).
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.
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
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.
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 St Albans 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”.
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 St Albans 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.
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!