A pivotal residential development featuring 250 properties with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels has completed in Nelson and Colne, Lancashire. Delivered by social housing provider Together Housing Association, with supply chain partners Avonside Group and structural engineers Howard Ward Associates (HWA), the scheme is the result of a pioneering three-year project, partly funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to help revolutionise the sector’s usage of renewable energy. The £2million project sees 170 of Together Housing’s homes in Colne and 80 properties in Nelson fitted with solar panels, as well as on-site battery storage units which fill with solar energy during the day, storing power for use whenever it is needed. There is also scope for any excess energy generated by the systems to be sold back to energy suppliers, effectively creating a small-scale energy provider.
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Portsmouth is set to launch a new solar PV scheme that could help more than 30,000 homes install rooftop panels. The Switched On Solar scheme is designed to allow residents to assess the solar potential of their roofs, and then walk them through the costs and benefits of a system and direct them towards installers. Portsmouth City Council has bid for around £4 million of government funding to support the project, along with a range of domestic energy efficiency measures. Speaking to Solar Power Portal, Councillor Dave Ashmore, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for Environment & Climate Change, said that encouraging as many homes as possible in Portsmouth to install solar technology on their roofs was part of the council’s commitment to becoming a net zero emissions city by 2030.
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