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Landlords rush to finish PV schemes

Social housing providers have rushed to finish fitting photovoltaic panels to homes before government cuts take hold.

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Landlords rush to finish PV schemes

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From today, panels installed on houses will receive a reduced payment from feed-in-tariffs as part of a consultation on the measures. The consultation itself does not close until 23 December.

The plans – if agreed – mean that systems installed from today will receive the current 43.3p/kWh of feed-in-tariff payments until 1 April 2012 at which point it will change to the lower rate of 21p/kWh.

Social housing schemes finished from April would be hit even harder with a proposed payment of 16.8p/kWh through the feed-in-tariff.

Staff at Nottingham City Homes worked through the weekends to fit 1,333 panels to homes in five weeks, rather than the planned five months - completing an installation every six minutes at one point.

Leeds Federated Housing installed 231 solar panels at its headquarters in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and still plans to roll out the scheme to its supported housing.

Knowsley Housing Trust’s plans to fit 3,000 homes will PV panels will go ahead, bosses said, despite companies dropping out of delivering the work. Initially 12 companies had been around the table and eight were going to bid for the contract, but now all have dropped out.

Ian Thomson, executive director of asset management at KHT, said: ‘It is disappointing, but we have not given up.’

Inside Housing is calling for social landlord to be given fair access to the feed-in-tariff through our Green light campaign

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