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Solar savings for Housing Executive tenants

Published: Thur, 4 Feb 2016
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Pictured (l-r) Noel Rice, our Energy Conservation Manager, Alison Williams, our tenant, and Noel Hynes, Commercial Director Saliis Ltd.
Solar Panels
Nearly 600 of our homes have had solar panels installed as part of the largest domestic renewable solar PV installation in Northern Ireland.
The £5m contract, which was signed between ourselves and Saliis Ltd, is based on the ‘rent a roof’ model and has resulted in tenants seeing their savings adding up.
We are Northern Ireland’s Home Energy Conservation Authority and this initiative is the latest in its aim to help combat fuel poverty, save tenants’ money and reduce the carbon footprint.
Our tenant, and mum of twins, Alison Williams, had panels installed at her home in December. She was able to see the benefits almost immediately. She said:
“It was very simple and everything was finished in four hours. When the fitters were here and testing the panels installed they said that in the first hour they could see that what was on in my house at the time was being run from the electricity generated by panels.
“I have twins and the washing machine and tumble drier is going all the time so I am looking forward to spending less money on electricity over the next year and beyond.”
Noel Rice, our Energy Conservation Manager, said:
“Fuel poverty remains a major issue for many in Northern Ireland and this initiative can make a significant contribution to combating this amongst our tenants as their fuel costs are lowered.
“We are delighted with the progress of our solar panel scheme and the positive feedback to date from tenants. Almost 600 homes have seen panels installed and our tenants are starting to see the savings. This summer, when the daylight hours are longer, will really show the difference the panels can make.”  
Noel Hynes, Commercial Director of Saliis Ltd, said:
“The installation of the solar PV panels is a simple process being installed in less than a day and it can offer year on year savings of a householders’ annual electricity bills. We are pleased this partnership with the Housing Executive’s making a real difference to people’s lives.”
Our remaining homes will have their solar panels installed by the end of March 2016.