Solar Energy Used To Combat Fuel Poverty
Thursday, 23 May 2013
An innovative social housing partnership is aiming to tackle fuel poverty among elderly residents.
Renewable energy company, Absolute Solar and Wind, has been working with Keepmoat, a social housing service provider, and Link Group Ltd to install 96 solar panel systems on three of Link’s sheltered housing developments in the West of Scotland.
The tenants of Ben Lui Place and Glen Lyon Court, in Cumbernauld, and Glen Park Road, in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, will be able to use the green energy to power their properties and also significantly reduce their monthly utility bills.
The 96 systems combined will generate an estimated 160,000 hours of green electricity per year, and tenants could see their household electricity bills drop by 50 per cent.
Absolute spent three weeks installing the 2kw systems across the three developments and the works were completed ahead of schedule.
Alex McDonald, new business director at Absolute Solar and Wind, said: “We were thrilled to work with Keepmoat and Link on this innovative project, which will play a major part in helping to tackle fuel poverty for some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
“Rising utility bills and fuel poverty are issues never far from the headlines, and it’s extremely encouraging to see two organisations that are willing to tackle these problems.
“We had a team of 10 working on this project and we are pleased to be finished ahead of schedule. The feedback has been extremely positive from tenants, Link and Keepmoat, and we look forward to working with both organisations again in the future.”
Colin Culross, director of Development & Asset Management at Link, said: “Although the original project was somewhat compromised by the Government’s cut in Feed in Tariff (FiT), a downward pressure on material costs revealed the asset investment of almost £320,000 provided a capital cost payback in 11 years.
“This provides a financial return for Link beyond this period while maintaining savings for Link’s tenants providing free electricity to the anticipated value of £150 per year.”
Eamonn McGarvey, Scottish Regional Director of Keepmoat, said: "We are delighted to be part of this partnership which is delivering real benefits to the residents and to the homes in which they live.
"Renewable energy is undoubtedly the way forward at a time of soaring energy bills. Keepmoat has a strong track record in delivering such solar panel systems across Scotland and believe the success of initiatives like Cumbernauld and Lochwinnoch are assured."
For more information on Absolute Solar and Wind please visit: www.absolutesolarandwind.co.uk
Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Absolute Solar and Wind
Notes to editors:
- Absolute Solar and Wind was established in Scotland in 2007 and is the country’s number one company for solar and renewable energy solutions.
- The company was one of the first in Scotland to receive an MCS Accreditation.
- Absolute is a member of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and is one of the best installers of Solar Photovoltaic, Solar thermal and Micro Wind Energy Turbines in the UK.
- Absolute offers a complete service: design, sales and installation - throughout the UK
- As an approved installer under the Government MCS accredited scheme, Absolute Solar and Wind is dedicated to photovoltaic renewable energy and is now at the forefront of the UK’s rising green energy technology sector.
- In April 2010 the UK Government pledged to have 7 million homes using solar power by 2020.