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Got any burning questions about solar panels? Ask away at our free webinar

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Image captionH&F residents can still register their interest in group-buying solar panels and battery storage until 15 March. Image source: solartogether.co.uk

Let’s talk solar energy! Hammersmith & Fulham Council is hosting a free online event, inviting residents to learn all about solar panels and planning considerations in H&F.

Our solar session and Q&A will take place on Tuesday 8 March from 11am to 12 noon.

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Image caption: Image 2: Barons Court resident Mark Warren, who had eight solar panels installed through Solar Together

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Our energy and planning specialists will talk you through all things solar energy, and are ready to take your questions on Solar Together – a group-buying scheme backed by H&F Council and the Mayor of London, helping local residents to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price.

We'll answer questions such as:

  • How can I generate my own renewable energy?
  • What forms of solar panels are there?
  • Do I need planning permission?
  • What are the benefits of buying solar panels through a group-buying scheme?

“The way we heat and power our homes and buildings across Hammersmith & Fulham is currently the biggest source of carbon emissions in our borough”, says Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment.

“We’re encouraging residents to generate their own renewable energy to lower their bills and help tackle the climate emergency locally. There’s never been a better time to learn about solar panels – please join us.”

Let the sun pay for your bills

Ahead of our webinar, let’s shed some light on three common misconceptions about solar panels, and why they shouldn’t keep you from making the switch with Solar Together.

Myth #1: I’ll need planning permission to install solar panels

It’s likely that you won’t!

Solar (PV) panels can often be "permitted development” and do not normally require planning permission – with a few exceptions such as conservation areas, listed buildings and Article 4 properties.

Did you know that H&F is currently offering free pre-planning advice for local homeowners interested in retrofitting their homes? Whether you’re thinking about getting solar panels, an air source heat pump, or window glazing, our planning team will be able to advise whether planning permission is needed.

Contact us on planning@lbhf.gov.uk to discuss your requirements.

Myth #2: Solar panels are not wallet-friendly

With Solar Together, residents can register their interest in solar panels and battery storage for free and without obligation.

Mark Warren, who had eight solar panels installed through Solar Together for his Baron’s Court home, said:

“When I tell other people about them, they say ‘oh, you must have spent £8,000 on it’, when in reality, I spent less than half of that. Well worth it!”

The bargaining power created by coming together as a group is the core principle behind Solar Together. Once registration closes on Tuesday 15 March, a reversed auction will be held where pre-approved suppliers submit their lowest prices.

This way H&F residents can feel confident that they are paying a more competitive price for a high-quality installation than individual homeowners might get when entering the market alone.

Learn how a solar PV system will help you save money on your energy bills and how long it takes for solar panels to pay for themselves.

Myth #3: It’s impossible to find a trusted supplier who knows what they're doing

Solar Together only works with trusted, certified installers.

All suppliers have been approved by independent experts to ensure high-quality installations with extended guarantees.

To participate in a Solar Together auction, interested installers must have a proven track record of delivering high-quality installations and agree to be screened in advance for management, expertise, experience, financial stability, and customer service.

As a minimum, they must meet the following criteria:

  • be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited
  • be Home Insulation & Energy Systems Quality Assured Contractors Scheme (HIES) or Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) members
  • demonstrate that they have a team and processes that can support a high volume of customers in a high-quality manner
  • pass the financial due diligence conducted by independent experts which demonstrates they are financially stable
  • offer an insurance-backed guarantee for workmanship and products that meet Solar Together’s detailed quality requirements for all materials.

Register your interest in Solar Together by 15 March.

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