Why solar panels are important
In 2019 we declared a Climate Emergency, resolving to provide the leadership enabling the Bath and North East Somerset area to be carbon neutral by 2030.
We have done detailed research into the main sources of carbon emissions locally, and also outlined the scale and speed of ambition needed to achieve this 2030 target. This work has led us to prioritise schemes which will enable a large-scale and rapid transfer to renewable energy generation, such as solar power, in our area.
How the Solar Together scheme can help you
To support you to make the switch to renewable energy, we are participating in the Solar Together West of England Scheme. This innovative new group-buying programme offers you several advantages over 'going it alone' with transferring to solar power:
- You'll have the reassurance that you're buying high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage.
- You'll have access to competitive prices, through a system of group-buying.
- You'll get guidance and be kept informed at every stage through the process.
This scheme is being delivered in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), and their partner iChoosr Ltd, who are independent experts in group-buying.
Find out more and apply to join the programme
- You can register before 28 September 2021 for free and without obligation at the Solar Together website. To register, you'll need to provide details about your roof, such as its size and orientation. The online calculator can help you with this.
- An ‘auction’ will be held on 28 September, where our pre-vetted solar installers will submit bids for the work. The more people registered for the scheme, the better the deal should be for each household. The installer with the most competitive package will win the auction, and so will become the organisation to supply and install your new solar panel system, if you choose to go ahead.
- Personal recommendation
- Between 18 October and 26 November, you will receive a personal recommendation, based on the details you have submitted. This will include the specification of the system we recommend for your needs, and what it will cost to install.
- Your decision
- Everyone who receives a recommendation will get an invitation to an information session, where you can get answers to any questions you have. There's no obligation to continue with the scheme, if you decide you don't want to. If you want to go ahead, just contact Solar Together (following the instructions on your recommendation) by 26 November to confirm this.
- If you accept, the installer will contact you to survey your roof and agree an installation date.
- Helpdesk support
- Telephone and email support are on-hand throughout the whole process. We are there to help you make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.
Solar PV installations are considered a 'permitted development' and will generally not need planning permission. However, in some cases, such as in Conservation Areas and on Listed Buildings, planning permission may be required. For planning advice please visit our Planning website page on permission. If you live in a Listed Building, you may also want to consult our planning policy document on renewable energy and Listed Buildings.
Do you already have solar panels installed? You can still register to have battery storage added to your existing solar panels to maximise the benefits of your system.
For more information, visit the Solar Together website, where you can get in touch with our helpdesk and also register for the scheme.
If you are on a low income or want information about about making your home more energy efficient, you can visit our Energy at Home website where we have tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, and details of financial assistance that may be available to you.
Low interest loans for energy-related home improvement are available from Lendology, our lending partner. They provide loans to homeowners, landlords, empty property owners and more for a variety of purposes.