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Installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on your property or premises is a great way of generating clean electricity and making big savings on your energy bills. They can power appliances, heat your hot water and charge your vehicle.

Before installing panels, you need to consider our solar panel planning guidelines.

Solar panel buying scheme

Solar Together London is a group buying scheme for solar panels and associated equipment run by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and promoted by Islington Council. It brings together households and local government to get high quality solar panels at a highly competitive price.

The scheme includes options for battery storage and power diverters that use surplus solar power to heat your hot water tank.

Battery storage saves the unused energy that is generated by your solar panels, meaning that you can use it whenever you need. It can also reduce the amount of electricity you use from the grid and further cut your energy bills. You can add this battery storage option to your installation when you receive your personal recommendation.

If you already have solar panels installed, you can maximise how much of your self-generated energy you can use by installing new battery storage.

The scheme is currently closed for applications but will reopen again in early 2023.

Making money from your solar panels

The Smart Export Guarantee is similar to an energy tariff, but you get paid for the solar power you supply back into the electricity grid. All large energy suppliers are required to offer this and there is a competitive market for it – you can compare tariffs on price comparison websites. Find out more details about the scheme on the Energy Saving Trust website.