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NI's largest domestic solar panel scheme announced

Published: Wed, 16 Sep 2015
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Pictured at the announcement are Clark Bailie our Chief Executive and Noel Rice, Energy Conservation Manager with George Stanfield and Noel Hynes of Saliis Renewables.
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In another first from us we announce a contract for the largest domestic renewable solar PV installation in NI.
We have signed a contract with Carryduff based Saliis Ltd to install solar photo voltaic (PV) systems at 1,000 Housing Executive homes across Northern Ireland. The project is worth up to £5m to the Northern Ireland economy and is based on the ‘rent a roof’ model. Ultimately it means tenants could save up to £200 per year on their energy bills.
We are the Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland responsible for improving energy efficiency in housing. The installation of the solar PV panels on its homes is one initiative which will help reduce carbon footprint, save tenants money and combat fuel poverty.
Under the ‘rent a roof’ model, Saliis will pay for the installation and maintenance of the solar PV panels meanwhile Housing Executive tenants will get free electricity and the Housing Executive receives an annual fee. The installer Saliis recoups its investment through the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and energy export tariff.
Clark Bailie, the Housing Executive’s Chief Executive, explained:
“Fuel poverty remains a major issue for many of our tenants. One of the main causes is fluctuating fuel prices coupled with low household income. We are delighted this pilot scheme has been initiated as it will mean those tenants living at the 1,000 homes selected can save up to £200 annually through their electricity bills.
“In addition, the annual fee paid to the Housing Executive will be used to invest in other projects to help tackle fuel poverty. This helps us deliver our commitment to provide effective and sustainable solutions to fuel poverty, better homes for tenants and supports the Department for Social Development’s Fuel Poverty strategy.”
The Housing Executive is the largest housing provider in Northern Ireland and this pilot scheme is one initiative which it trusts will provide tangible benefits to tenants.  
Noel Hynes, Commercial Director of Saliis Ltd, is pleased the company is working with the Housing Executive on this pilot project and said:
“This is a terrific opportunity for Saliis to make a real difference to people’s lives and the environment in partnership with the Housing Executive. Installing the solar PV panels can mean a saving of up to 50% per year on householders’ electricity bills.
This commitment from ourselves and Saliis will see up to 30 jobs sustained and £5 million invested within the local economy. We trust this will be the start of a good working relationship with the Housing Executive and its tenants over the next 20 years.
The scheme began August 2015 and over the next few months, suitable homes will be identified, tenants consulted and building control obtained before installation.