Solar Together London

Solar Together London – buying solar panels and battery storage made easy

Row of terraced houses with solar panels

Register your interest in the Solar Together campaign

The Council has set an ambitious target to be a carbon neutral borough by 2040, declaring a climate emergency in September 2019. The Solar Together initiative which aims to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible is part of our commitment to climate action.

 

Do you want to save on your energy bill and generate your own clean electricity?

Having your own solar panels can be a smart investment; not only can you save on your energy bill, but you could earn money from the electricity you generate and power your home with clean energy. 

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is working in partnership with the Mayor of London on Solar Together London. This is an innovative new scheme offering high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage. It is a group-buying scheme, which brings London households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price helping you through the process and keeping you informed at every stage.

Since 2015, with support from the Solar Together scheme, over 960 houses now have solar panels in London. This means over 2.3 MW of solar power and over 7,900 panels installed across London, including in Kensington and Chelsea. 

 

How does it work?

  • Registration: You can register for free and without obligation before 23 March 2021 by using the registration link. All you need is details about your roof, such as its size and orientation.
  • Auction: A supplier ‘auction’ will be held on 23 March 2021, when approved solar suppliers will bid for the work. The more people that register, the better the deal should be for each house.
  • Personal recommendation: From 12 April 2021 you will be contacted with a personal recommendation, based on the specification 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 offer/recommendation. There is no obligation to continue. You will have until 21 May 2021 to decide and will be invited to visit an information session. 
  • Installation:  If you accept the offer, the winning suppliers will contact you to survey your roof and set an installation date. All agreed installations are planned to be completed by the end of October 2021

 

Important Dates

  • Registration: 15 February to 23 March 2021
  • Auction: 23 March 2021
  • Personalised offers sent out: 12 April 2021
  • Acceptance ends: 21 May 2021
  • Installations taking place: June to October 2021

 

Do you already have solar panels installed? 

Register to have battery storage added to your existing solar panels to maximise the benefits of your system.

 

Register and find out more

Register your interest 

Solar Together London is being run in partnership with iChoosr - independent experts in group buying. 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 dedicated freephone helpline is available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm on 0800 060 8509.

 

Planning requirements

Conservation areas

Did you know that living in a conservation area doesn’t mean missing out on getting solar panels as they are known as a ‘permitted development’? This means, if certain conditions are met, you usually don’t need planning permission. For more information on solar panels please visit the Planning Portal website or call the Council’s Planning Line on 020 7361 3012.

It is recommended to check with the Council’s Planning Department before installation.

Listed buildings

Listed Building Consent and/or planning permission would be required for listed buildings. Any proposal should be discussed with the Council’s Planning Department. 

Need to ensure that there is no harm to the fabric, appearance or any other aspect of the special interest of the building. Appropriate locations might include a roof slope set behind a significant parapet, or the flat area of a replacement or altered roof, or on a flat-roofed extension. Careful attention will be given to how they are fixed to original fabric.

You can check if your property is a listed building or in a conservation area. For further planning advice please call the Council's Planning Line on 020 7361 3012.