The solar panel installation will deliver a combined output of 2.5 MW and is expected to save First Wessex tenants, many of whom are at risk of fuel poverty, between £75 and £150 a year in energy bills. The installation will deliver approximately 1,250 tonnes of annual carbon savings and is expected to have repaid the initial investment within 12 years.
Sanjay Bowry, ceo at Dulas, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with First Wessex on what will become one of the largest solar sustainability initiatives in the UK housing sector. By installing solar technology on up to 1,000 of its homes, First Wessex is effectively safeguarding many of its tenants against future energy price hikes and we are excited to be working with them to deliver a project which will bring so many benefits to so many people.”
Speaking of the partnership, Paul Ciniglio, sustainability and asset strategist at First Wessex, said: “As a housing association we are committed to managing our impact on the environment and to producing sustainable housing stock that is accessible, inclusive and beneficial for all. We have a responsibility to focus on affordable warmth and tackle instances of fuel poverty and we are delighted to be working with Dulas to deliver technology which will significantly reduce our tenants’ fuel bills and lessen our carbon footprint.
“Dulas has a strong track record of delivering innovative residential and commercial solar installations and its tender demonstrated a shared commitment to sustainability, quality and overall value for money.”