St Albans Solar Streets

Check your roof is suitable or get a Free Quotation – email info@IDDEA.co.uk and put St Albans Solar Streets into the subject line, then provide  with your name, address and phone number.  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 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, 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.

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
Recording of Presentation in May 2021

Please click on the link above to watch the previous presentation given at the end of May 2021.

The presentation includes the Q&A session at the end and you may find your own questions have been asked and answered here.

 

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.

Candice Luper
Sustainability Projects Officer
St Albans City and District Council

 

What’s the Deal?

 

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.

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

 

How Do I Get the Deal?

  • Contact IDDEA directly through Info@IDDEA.co.uk and put St Albans Solar Streets in the subject line of the email.  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”.

 

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 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.

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 

                            

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