1,500th Housing Solar Panel Installed

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1,500th Housing Solar Panel Installed

Wednesday 1st March, 2017


Council housing in Stirling continues to become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

This week the 1,500th solar PV installation was completed on a new build bungalow in Firs Crescent, Bannockburn. The installation is also one of fifty properties that are also piloting the addition of a battery storage system to maximise the energy efficiency benefits of a solar PV installation.

The installation is part of an ongoing investment in renewable technology in the housing stock aimed at reducing fuel poverty, improving energy efficiency ratings and reducing the Council’s overall carbon footprint.

Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Violet Weir said: “With electricity costs forming such a high proportion of household budgets, it’s important that we do all we can to reduce energy costs through a range of measures, and I’m delighted to witness this latest solar panel installation. Combined with the battery storage system, our tenants are benefitting from the latest technology to reduce their energy costs. The savings will actually increase each year as the cost of electricity is expected to continue to rise so, this really is an investment that will continue to benefit our tenants for years to come.”

Overall, the 1,500 installations to date will generate nearly four million units of electricity each year, enough to meet the average annual electricity needs of 1,000 homes.

The solar PV systems are also expected to result in an estimated annual saving of just under £300 for each household when it comes to electricity bills.

Stirling Council has invested over £8m to date on solar PV to its housing stock and has committed to invest a further £4.25m over the next 12 to 24 months resulting in a further  1,200 properties to benefit from solar PV. This investment will be complemented by further investment in central heating upgrades and window replacement programmes as part of the Housing Capital Investment Programme over the next two years.

Pictured L-R are Michael Hudson (Project Manager - FES), Harry Bruce (Electrical Foreman - FES) & Ian Mailer (Divisional Manager – FES), Cllr Weir, Gregor Wightman (Property & Private Sector Housing Manager) and Martin Allman (Sonnen Country Director UK).

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