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Yorkshire's power roofs

The project

South Yorkshire Housing Association has set out to power hundreds of their homes with solar as part of their ‘Power Roofs’ programme.

They were looking to reduce electricity costs for their tenants and reduce their environmental impact.
They focused heavily on pre-planning including customer consultation, and rolled out the scheme in phases to ensure that the expected benefits were achieved.
The financial case included the Government’s feed-in tariff, which continues to provide income to support further investment in SYHA’s properties and services.

The response

“Solar power is a fantastic way to upgrade our existing building stock. It’s helping to significantly reduce energy costs for our tenants by providing free green electricity, and SYHA can use the payments we get from the feed-in tariff to re-invest in further improvements to our housing stock and services. I’d encourage other housing associations to look at the long term investment opportunities of this clean technology.
Whilst the tariff has dropped since our original Power-Roofs programme, falling installation costs and improving panel efficiency mean that PV schemes can still make good economic sense. We are currently considering how we might expand our own Power-Roof portfolio for the benefit of our customers, SYHA and the environment.”
Gordon Watts, Sustainability Manger, SYHA

Power and payback

Estimations only, correct at time of installation
System size: 2.06 kWp average system size
Annual electricity savings, average per home: £202
Approximate CO2 savings per year: 850 kg

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