Landlord pushing through solar installations
A housing association is fitting solar photovoltaic panels onto homes and offices to help reduce tenants’ energy bills.
Knowsley Housing Trust, part of the First Ark Group, is installing the PV panels to 21 low rise blocks, 10 mid rise blocks and two of its offices – its headquarters in Prescot and its Page Moss local office.
The panels will be installed in ‘arrays’ or clusters on top of the communal blocks and there will be 31 clusters in total.
KHT, which owns and manages 14,000 homes, is spending £750,000 on the scheme, which will generate a return over the next 25 years through the government’s Feed in Tariffs to cover the cost of installation.
Ian Thomson, executive director of Assets at KHT, said: ‘This scheme will help tackle fuel poverty in our communities and reduce our carbon footprint.
‘We anticipate it will save 31 tonnes of carbon a year and help reduce energy bills for our tenants, which will be a huge help for many families, and any money we make will be re-invested into communities through future retro-fit or energy saving projects.’
The scheme is being completed now to ensure all panels are fitted before a proposed cut in the FIT rate comes into force on 3 March, from 43.3p/kWh to 21p/kWh.