Camden Council is working in partnership with the Mayor of London to deliver Solar Together Phase 4, a group-buying scheme for solar photovoltaic (PV) installation and battery storage. This year marks the third time that Camden has participated with the scheme.
The scheme invites households, small and medium-sized enterprises (non-domestic) and Commonhold Associations who are freeholders of their premises, or have permission from their Landlord to install solar panels to take part in the scheme. The scheme provides residents with access to high-quality solar panels at a competitive price, whilst also lowering electricity bills, cutting carbon emissions and tackling the climate crisis in Camden.
Solar Together has been operating across the UK since 2012, with schemes taking place across the country in partnership with Local Authorities. Across the three Solar Together London schemes prior to this current fourth phase, there have been 976 installations delivering 15,845 tonnes of carbon reduction across London.
This year the scheme offers the option to add battery storage to the installation to maximise the benefits of the solar PV system as well as an optional electric vehicle charge-point. This option is also available where solar panels have already been installed.
How does it work?
- Registration: Register now for free and without obligation up until 23 March 2021.
- Auction – An ‘auction’ will be held on 23 March where pre-vetted solar installers will submit bids for work. The more people that register, the better the deal should be for each household or SME as the volume and geographic concentration will make it possible for suppliers to realise greater efficiencies, which they pass on with lower prices for installations. The installer with the lowest bid will win the auction.
- Personal recocomendation: From 12 April registered parties will be contacted with a personal recommendation based on the registration details submitted. This includes the costs and specifications of the proposed system.
- Offer accepted and installation – The decision is yours whether to accept the recommendation, you will have until 21 May to decide and will be invited to an information session. If you accept, the winning supplier will contact you to complete a survey and set an installation date. Installations are scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2021.
Benefits for your business
- Reduce your energy bills by using electricity straight from the solar panels on your roof!
- Reduce your carbon emissions by using renewable electricity.
- Show your clients that you are committed to tackling the climate crisis.
Hear from Camden resident and Solar Together 2019 participant Niall about his experience:
I had a very good experience with the Camden Solar Together initiative. I was interested in the scheme as it presented an opportunity to contribute to reducing my carbon footprint, whilst offsetting some of the costs and providing a government approved photovoltaic system and installation team.
From a first public meeting at the ‘Think and Do’ pop up to generating electricity, the process took less than six months.
My house is listed so I had a reasonable amount of paperwork to process from the Climate Fund application form and listed building consent through to the contractor survey and quotation. However, the path was relatively smooth and was described within the framework of ‘Solar Together’ which gave me reassurance that things would work out. And they did, once I had obtained the required consent and had the funding contribution approved, the contractor gave me a date for work to start within weeks.
The contracting team were experienced roofing contractors and an electrician. They were flexible enough to include some necessary repairs to my roof before installing the panels. I had 12 panels installed, 9 on a butterfly roof behind a parapet and 3 on a flat roof extension, providing a total installed capacity of 3.66kW.
My existing electricity provider installed a smart meter and set up a smart export tariff. I have recently switched to the Greater London Authority sponsored London Power supplied through Octopus Energy, almost doubling my smart export tariff!
This was not really a financial investment, although the electricity generated should pay for the panels in around 20 years. The technology is now up and running for individual homeowners and decentralised micro sites, like my roof, to make a meaningful contribution to our energy supply. I would recommend ‘Solar Together’ as a positive, evolving and expanding initiative.
Solar Together are also offering a Freephone helpline (0800 060 85 09) Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm, to answer any further questions.