After completing a desktop study we secured funding for a pilot programme installing solar panels on a number of blocks. We had one simple goal: to improve energy consumption. To get there, we first had to show that solar panels would be a practical and positive step to achieve it.
We established the scope for energy efficiency and renewable energy in our housing stock in partnership with AgilityEco, a specialist in funding, design, surveying and project management for low carbon retrofit.
Following a successful pilot, we were able to roll out a significant programme installing solar panels across our housing stock. To date 6,688 panels have been installed. The project led to the establishment of a community benefit society, facilitated by Geo Capita, which owns the panels. Profits are channelled into a community benefit fund, which are then recycled into community oriented projects, including those to address fuel poverty.
Expected to generate £2 million income over the next 20 years, the Solar Panels project has also brought in £36,000 of savings for residents to date.