Solar panels to 4,500 Tameside homes to save £40m

04 August 2014
Solar panels on a New Charter home in Hyde, Tameside.

Up to 4,500 homes in Tameside, Greater Manchester will be fitted with solar panels to cut carbon emissions and save tenants around £40m in reduced electricity bills over 25 years.

Housing association New Charter Homes has signed a first-of-its-kind deal worth more than £18m with solar installation partners to fit the technology to suitable homes.

The panels, which generate energy through the power of the sun, will make homes across the borough more energy efficient saving millions of pounds in fuel bills and around 112,500 tonnes of carbon over the next 25 years.

The renewable technology will work in conjunction with the Government’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme with households set to significantly cut their electricity bills by between £200 and £400 a year, subject to individual use.

New Charter’s own building company will be involved after suitable accreditation is achieved, installations will take place over the next 12 months and work has already started in some areas. Once work is complete New Charter Building Company is looking to undertake all on-going maintenance of the systems.

Ian Munro, Chief Executive of Jigsaw Group said: “Our tenants will benefit massively from cheaper fuel bills provided by the technology while reducing our carbon footprint considerably.

“We’ve been in talks to fit solar panels to homes for a while now so it’s good to see the work start, we are also looking at the possibilities of rolling out the scheme to our homes in Oldham and Nottingham with partners Aksa Homes and Gedling Homes.

“While this technology will help a large number of our tenants, we know that not all homes will be suitable, so we’re looking at other energy saving possibilities for those homes not suitable for solar panels.”

New Charter has started to contact tenants whose homes qualify for the panels and will continue to get in touch with people over the course of the year-long programme.