What is Solar Together?

One of the proposals of Camden’s Citizens’ Assembly on the climate crisis was the need to fit solar panels on as many homes as possible in Camden. In response, we are working in partnership with the Mayor of London to deliver Solar Together, a group-buying scheme which gives residents the opportunity to buy high-quality solar panels at a highly competitive price.

Solar Together group-buying scheme is open to all Camden residents who own their own house (or have permission from the landlord to install a solar PV system). Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and some Commonhold Associations are also eligible for the scheme.

How does it work?

  1. Sign up for free - Sign up for free without obligation for the solar group-buying scheme. Registrations are now open until 21 October.
  2. Auction - An auction will take place on 22 October. It is a reverse auction, meaning the lowest bid wins. Only approved , highly qualify contractors, will be invited to bid.
  3. Personal recommendation - After the auction you will receive a personal offer for your installation. Yor recommendations pack will be sent from 11 November.
  4. You decide - Then it's up to you to decide if you want to take up the offer. If you accept, the installer will install solar panels on your roof. You will have until 10 December to decide.
  5. Installation - If you accept the offer, the winning supplier will contact you to survey your roof and set an installation date. All installations are planned to be completed by the end of March 2020.

For more information about the scheme, visit the Solar Together London website where you can register for the scheme and leave questions in the contact form. A Freephone helpline is available (0800 060 85 09) to answer any further questions.

Note: it is the resident's responsibility to check whether planning permission will be required. Guidance is available here

 

Grants and Funding

The Camden Climate Fund can provide up to 50% of the costs to help households reduce their carbon emissions. This funding includes solar photovoltaic panels (to provide electricity) and solar thermal systems (to provide hot water).

Once you have received your personal recommendation offer, you can apply for funding on the Apply for Household Fund page

Funding is subject to availability and eligibility.

Planning Advice

The Retrofitting Planning Guidance (PDF) has been developed to help residents understand the planning process required to install low carbon technologies in homes. This includes information for what to look out for when installing solar panels.

More information is available on the Council’s Solar panels and planning permission advice page

Conservation Areas

We have 40 conservation areas covering around 50 per cent of the borough. If your property is within a conservation area, this does not necessarily mean you will not be able to install solar panels on your property. If the installation meets a number of conditions relating to their siting and visibility they do not need planning permission.

Energy efficiency planning guidance for conservation areas (PDF) provides guidance to residents who are considering making energy efficiency improvements to residential properties in conservation areas, with specific information on solar installations.

You can find out whether your property is within a Conservation Area visit the Council’s Conservation Area webpage and search for your property on the Conservation Area Map.