Social project - 180 Staffordshire homes with solar panel project

This is a very easy win for councils and housing associations.  Why are they not all doing it ?

Staffordshire-based housing association, Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), has announced an ambitious solar project that will see 180 of its bungalows receive solar arrays.

The rollout of solar across the bungalows will allow SARH’s tenants to dramatically reduce their energy bills, as they will have unlimited use of all electricity generated by the solar modules. It is estimated that each household could save over £120 on their annual electricity bills.

The £750,000 project will be funded by the company, who will recoup the initial investment through income generated by the feed-in tariff (FiT). Changes pushed through by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) mean that installers of aggregated systems will only receive 90 percent of the standard applicable FiT rate.   

“This project is part of our commitment to helping customers most at risk of fuel poverty to keep their properties warm at a reasonable cost,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.