Last month we attended PfH Live 2016 in Manchester and had a great few days demonstrating the viability of solar PV and seeking out the
newest trends in procurement. Being relatively new to the company, it was a great opportunity to meet so many of our clients and really get an insight into what our potential clients are looking for.
Since the changes to the Government’s FiT scheme at the beginning of the year, there has been uncertainty around th
e viability of solar PV. While installing solar panels to tenants’ properties and commercial buildings still generates a healthy financial return, there are also legislative advantages – particularly if solar is considered at the initial design stage. Energy Efficiency Standards for Social Housing (EESSH) scorings can be boosted and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) targets can be met on completion of the build.
Following discussions with Housing Associations and Councils across the UK, it is clear that cost is the deciding factor in the majority of cases. With installation prices down by more than 25% (Solar Power Portal, 2016) due to changes in the supply chain and a reduction in the price of components, solar PV is still a very viable option to reduce energy costs and is more achievable that most people think.
Solar PV can also help to tackle fuel poverty, an issue that impacts around 2.3 million households in England (Warmer Homes, 2015). As the cost of electricity continues to rise, so do energy bills – consumer gas prices increased by 128% between 2003 and 2013. Installing solar PV on social housing can generate free electricity for residents and in turn reduces their energy bills.
We are very excited to have exclusive access to a fully funded model for PV for social housing and commercial properties. If you interested in a brief and informal presentation on the viability of solar in 2016 and an insight into the current activities of other agencies similar to yours, please get in touch with me on 0141 435 7774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Fazzini – Business Development Manager