The deal will deliver the panels at zero cost and provide estimated savings for Salford residents’ energy bills as high as 58 per cent annually and could see carbon emissions cut by more than one tonne per home, per year.
Social housing contractor Forrest has secured a new contract to install solar PV panels on 1,850 residential properties, on behalf of City West Housing Trust.
The deal, funded by Macquarie Lending, will deliver the panels to City West at zero cost and provide estimated savings for residents’ energy bills as high as 58 per cent annually.
The panels will be fitted to City West properties and could see carbon emissions cut by more than one tonne per home, per year.
The installation and testing to each property will be completed over the course of three days and Forrest will go on to provide free maintenance for 20 years.
Beyond this first phase of 1,850 installations, a second phase of up to 2,000 properties will be included for possible installations from City West’s stock of 14,600 in Salford.
Paul McCarren, energy director at Forrest, said: “The cost of solar projects for housing associations can be prohibitive. Our partnership with Macquarie is opening the gateway for our clients to offer solar and reduce energy costs for residents for free.
“We’ve built up a strong working relationship with City West, aside from this energy project we’re also delivering refurbishment works at its College Croft development in Eccles and delivering new build works to its Fairhurst Drive and Mount Skip sites in Little Hulton.”
Garry Vaughan, head of supply chain and sustainability at City West Housing Trust, said: “Alleviating fuel poverty is one of our main priorities. We’ve already made significant in-roads across our stock by tackling a ‘fabric first’ approach, initially completing cavity & loft insulation, new windows & doors and new heating systems, followed by renewable technologies such as solar PV in order to further reduce the cost of powering our customers’ homes.”