Buying solar panels and battery storage
We are working with Devon County Council (DCC) through the Devon Climate Emergency initiative to reduce Devon’s carbon emissions. Installing solar panels can help save money on your energy bill while generating your own clean electricity, reducing your carbon emissions.
Solar Together Devon is an innovative new scheme offering high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels as part of the emergency response. It is a group-buying scheme, which brings Devon households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price helping you through the process and keeping you informed at every stage.
How does it work?
Registration: you can register for free and without obligation at www.solartogether.co.uk/northdevon. To do this simply provide details about your roof, such as its size and orientation.
Auction: a supplier ‘auction’ will be held on 6 October, when approved solar suppliers will bid for the work. The more people that register, the better the deal should be for each household.
Personal recommendation: from 26 October you will be contacted with a personal recommendation, based on the specifications of your roof. This includes your costs and specification of your solar panel installation.
You decide: the decision is then yours as to whether you want to accept your recommendation. There is no obligation to continue. You will have until 11 December to decide and will be invited to an information session.
Installation: if you accept, 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 May 2021.
For more information about the scheme and to register, visit www.solartogether.co.uk/northdevon.
You can also send them questions on their contact form or call the freephone helpline 0800 014 8485.
Joining in with this Devon wide scheme is part of our commitment to the DCC climate emergency declaration that we signed last year with an aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, or at the earliest credible date supported by emerging research. It is also part of our corporate plan for North Devon to protect and enhance our environment.
Do I need planning permission?
Installations will generally not need planning permission. In conservation areas planning permission may be required. If you live in a Listed Building it is recommended to seek planning advice. For planning advice please contact our Planning Team on 01271 388288, contact them online or visit our planning web pages. If you live within Exmoor National Park, please contact Exmoor National Park Authority on 01398 323665, information about planning is also available on their website.
If you already have solar panels installed you can also register to have battery storage added to your existing solar panels to maximise the benefits of your system, simply select this option on the website when registering as explained below