Live Q&A via Zoom

Thurs 12th November 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm

A chance for people in the St Albans area to ask questions about the Solar Streets scheme which offers discounted Solar PV panel systems with a community fund donation aspect. Speak to those who have had an installation, those who have had a survey and the founders of the scheme @IDDEA Renewable Energy Systems

To register email


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?



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 before the end of Dec 2020.  So if you’re thinking of having panels installed, get together with your neighbours and add an extra £150 minimum to the Community Fund.


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 approx 1T of carbon dioxide per year according to the Energy Saving Trust ( 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.

Optional Extras

Battery Storage Systems

  • Simple Battery – simple storage of your panel’s output and discharge to your home – the standard battery offered stores 5 kW and is quite small – 60 cm x 40 cm x 25 cm


  • use this neat little add-on device, which attaches to your water tank, to heat your water with your solar energy

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

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

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


  • 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

  • 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

    • 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 


Q&A Sessions via Zoom

  • Q&A sessions will be held monthly via Zoom, but please make sure you have at least read the information on this page and perhaps watched the videos above first before coming on the session so that we can use the Q&A for questions that have not already been answered

  • Session dates and times to be announced here:

    Thurs 29th October 7 pm

    Eco Homes event hosted by Sustainable St Albans

    Click here for more information and to register.

    Tuesday 8th Sept 7 pm – 8 pm

    Your chance to hear more about the discounted solar scheme with a Community Fund donation 

    You must register to get the access details – email and ask for Q&A access


How Do I Get the Deal?

Solar Panels

If you want Solar Panels installed then you can simply contact IDDEA directly through – they will first conduct a desktop survey of your property making sure it is suitable for solar panels and they will then arrange a free, no obligation physical survey on your property (all social distancing guidelines will be followed).  If you want any added extras they will explain them all to you clearly and with transparant prices – there will be no hard sell.

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.

Octopus Energy Deal

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!

Any other Questions?

If, after looking through the information above, you have any other questions then please feel free to email us on