Solar panels proving a winning addition in East Belfast
Published: Mon, 25 Apr 2016
Our tenants are beginning to reap the benefits of having solar panels installed as part of the largest domestic renewable solar PV installation in Northern Ireland.
The value of our initiative at 1,000 of its tenants' homes was recently recognised by the flagship awards for the renewables industry in Northern Ireland. We scooped the 'Most Successful Renewable Electricity Installation' at Action Renewables Awards. In the Belfast City 300 homes, which were identified as having aspects and roofs suitable for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, have already been fitted.
The £5m project is being privately financed by Saliis Ltd, is based on the ‘rent a roof’ model and is at no cost to the Housing Executive. The scheme is proving highly successful showing opportunities for substantial energy saving as well as delivering direct cost savings for tenants. It is one of a number of ground-breaking projects the Housing Executive, as Northern Ireland's Home Energy Conservation Authority, is using to help combat fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.
During a recent visited to East Belfast to see the work which has been taking place Gerry Flynn, our Director of Landlord Services, commented:
“Nearly all of our 1,000 homes chosen to have the panels installed have been fitted and the feedback to date from our tenants has been positive particularly as they start to see the savings. I am delighted our Energy Conservation Team picked up the award from Action Renewables and with the progress of this scheme.”
Noel Rice,our Energy Conservation Manager, added:
“When the daylight hours are longer our tenants will really see the difference the panels can make. Fuel poverty remains a major issue for many and this initiative can make a significant contribution to combating this amongst our tenants.”
Our tenant from East Belfast, Lynn Ralph, had panels installed on her home’s roof last January. She said:
“The men could not have been nicer, no mess and very pleasant to work with. I’ve seen an immediate saving which is fantastic.”
Noel Hynes, Commercial Director of Saliis Ltd, stated:
“The installation of the solar PV panels is a simple process lasting a day but it can mean up to 50% per year saving of on a householders’ annual electricity bills. We are pleased with our partnership with the Housing Executive as it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”