£7m solar panel project to help save on bills

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Solar panels are being fitted to more than 2,000 homes in the Boston area thanks to a £7 million scheme which could see households save around £200 on energy bills.

The project from housing provider Boston Mayflower, which will see high-tech solar PV panels fitted to its properties, will also reduce carbon emissions and provide money for a community 
fund.

This cash will help local causes and improvements to Boston and the surrounding area.

A representative group consisting of tenants and home owners will be set up who will decide what the community fund should be used for.

Martin Woods, head of property services at Boston Mayflower, said: “This project will be invaluable for Boston Mayflower and the community. By exploring the possibility of using renewable resources for such a high volume of our properties we are not only helping our tenants save money, but are continuing to work towards a greener future for our organisation and its housing stock.

“We envisage that this project, operating alongside our existing, award winning Affordable Warmth service, will deliver a significant improvement to the quality of our homes and the lives of our customers.”

Leslie and Sharon Richardson of Algarkirk were in the first batch of Boston Mayflower tenants to get the panels fitted.

“You really can’t lose with the panels,” said Mr Richardson. “They are clean, energy efficient and the installation process is hassle-free.

“The contractors were here for less than four and a half hours fitting them. Boston Mayflower have been very helpful throughout the process and were on hand to support us by answering any queries we had.”

The installation of the panels is being carried out by Corgi Energy and Think Sustainable, both specialists in developing and delivering solutions for energy efficiency. Western Power Distribution has also played a big part in the project, ensuring that Boston Mayflower is able to maximise the benefit of the project through the volume of electricity generated.

The overall size of the project will be dependent on any changes that the Department of Energy and Climate Change impose on the Feed in Tariff arrangements, but if fully delivered the total investment will be in the region of £7 million, provided by Empower Community Solar.