North Lincolnshire Homes has joined forces with Leeds-based Community Interest Company, Community Energy Solutions (CES) and the Empower Community funding model, to tackle fuel poverty and potentially slash tenants’ energy bills by up to £150 a year through the introduction of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. With the new scheme, up to 3000 homes in North Lincolnshire could be given solar power in pioneering new plans from the region’s largest social landlord.

The initial aim is to prioritise homes that do not currently have a gas supply, potentially including properties on the Isle of Axholme, though the project is still at a very early stage and consultations with tenants will need to be carried out before any work can go ahead.

PV systems, which are made up of solar panels installed on the properties’ roof, convert sunlight into zero carbon electricity that can be used directly in the property with any surplus being exported back to the National Grid.

Andy Orrey, Chief Executive at North Lincolnshire Homes, believes the project will be a radical move towards a greener future for the region. He said: “This is a very exciting project with huge potential, not only in terms of cutting carbon emissions in the region by using renewable energy, but on the implications in cutting tenants’ energy bills.

source: ecofriend news