As part of its overall £111 million investment programme to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by 2020, Fusion21 member – Flintshire County Council – has maximised the opportunity to invest in Solar (PV) Panels across Flintshire.
This targeted investment will benefit 400 homes and complements the council’s wider energy strategy of insulating properties, both internally and externally – as well as bringing gas to communities that have previously been reliant on more expensive forms of heating.
The Panels – installed by Warmer Energy Services – will reduce the running costs of the properties, helping to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. Tenants will benefit from free electricity during daylight hours and the council derives an income from the surplus electricity produced, that can be reinvested in the housing stock.
Bungalows in rural areas have been prioritised on the basis that the occupiers of these properties are generally in during the day and therefore will benefit most. It is anticipated that over the 20 year lifetime of the Panels, tenants will save over £3.3 million.
John Farley, Framework Manager at Fusion21 said: “Flintshire County Council’s sustainable project will vastly improve the energy efficiency of homes – keeping tenants warmer whilst also reducing the cost of energy bills.”