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H&F launches Solar Together panel scheme to help tackle the climate emergency

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Image captionImage 1: Solar panels being installed on a residential roof (stock picture)

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched a new scheme to help residents buy high quality solar panels at reduced prices.

So, if you’re interested in lowering your energy bills and doing your bit for the planet, please help us tackle the climate emergency with our new Solar Together scheme.

“We want it to be easy for our residents to install new solar panels on their homes and help tackle the climate emergency,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment. “Bringing people together will allow us to get the best deal and continue to cut carbon emissions together.”

H&F set for net zero carbon emissions

In June 2019, H&F Council declared a climate and ecological emergency. Our goal is to reach net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2030.

Solar Together H&F will allow residents to generate their own renewable energy and cut carbon emissions. And by taking part, you'll be helping us secure a safe climate for future generations.

Here comes the sun

We want the transition to net zero to be as cost-effective and hassle-free for residents as possible. By buying solar panels as part of a group, you are likely to receive a lower cost installation for each household. This means the more people that participate, the lower prices we can secure for H&F residents.

We know that solar panel installation can be daunting, and many people don’t know where to start. That’s why all the Solar Together suppliers have been approved as independent experts, which will ensure you receive a high-quality installation with extended guarantees.

Having your own solar panels and battery storage will reduce your reliance on the national energy grid. By investing in solar panels (or battery storage) you will be leading the way to a greener borough for now and the future.

Do I need planning permission to install solar panels?

The installation of solar panels is usually permitted development which means it does not require planning permission provided it complies with the following criteria:

  • the solar panels do not protrude more than 0.2 metres beyond the plane of the wall or roof slope or exceed the highest part of the roof (excluding the chimney)
  • solar panels are not installed to a wall which fronts a highway located within a conservation area
  • solar panels are not installed to listed buildings.

Solar panels should as far as practicable be sited to minimise its effect on the external appearance of the building and the amenity of the area. They should be removed as soon as reasonably practicable when no longer needed.

Planning permission may also be required if the site is subject to an article 4 direction restricting permitted development rights for development of this nature. Article 4 directions in effect in the borough can be found here.

Interested in taking part?

Solar Together H&F is open to homeowners, or residents with permission from their freeholder or landlord.

Register your interest in the scheme at Solar Together H&F. Find out what else we’re doing to tackle the climate and ecological emergency in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Register your interest

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