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 Thame Solar Streets.  IDDEA will do a desktop search via Google Earth and get back to you with the details  

How Long is the Offer Open for?  When Should I Apply for a Survey?

We haven’t set the closing date for the offer yet.  However, the savings on Solar Streets depends upon several people in the same area having their installs arranged at the same time.  The easiest way to make sure you will get your panels installed quickly is to talk to your neighbours and people in your wider community and get at least 10 people to request a survey which is free of charge.  Normally you would have to put a deposit down after you’ve had a technical survey, once you decide to go ahead, but with Solar Streets, we will wait until we know we have 10 people in your area who want panels installing.  Only then will we take your deposit, once we know for sure the installations will go ahead. 

So, if you’re considering solar panels, look through the information on this page.  If you’ve still got questions then email us at Info@SolarStreets.co.uk   If you know you want to check to see if your roof is suitable for solar panels now then email Info@IDDEA.co.uk and tell them you’re part of Thame Solar Streets and they’ll sort out a desktop survey to see if your house is suitable and take it from there.  When you get your panels installed IDDEA add £50 to the Community Fund for each installation.

So do consider signing up to benefit from this opportunity and help build a community success for Thame.

 

Market Stall

We will be on Thame Market on

Tuesday 11 May 2021

if you have any questions about the scheme

 

Live Q&A sessions via Zoom

20 May 2021      7.30 pm – 8.30 pm

The Thame Scheme is running successfully, but if you have any questions then please click here to register for the Q&A session in May.  Once registered you will receive an email with a link to join the meeting.

If you missed the launch Q&A in November 2020, we recorded it – so click on the box below to watch it:

Email us on Info@SolarStreets.co.uk if you have any questions after watching the above video.

 

Who is Involved?

A Message from Thame Green Living

Thame Green Living is pleased to highlight this opportunity with IDDEA, working as a community to create bulk discount benefits.

The plan is for Thame Green Living 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 and Henley, and another is going ahead in St Albans.

More information about Thame Green Living is available here

 

What’s the Deal?

 

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 1.5T of carbon dioxide per year according to the Energy Saving Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk)

Optional Extras

Battery Storage Systems

  • Both “dumb” – simple storage of your panel’s output and discharge to your home, and

  • “Advanced” – Artificial Intelligence based systems that optimise exports and imports by looking at wholesale prices in the electricity market

iBOOST

  • 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

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.

 

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.

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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 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”.

 

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 Thame 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 Info@SolarStreets.co.uk