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Leading the way on decarbonising housing

In a recent article, Robin Jones, project officer for Together Energy, part of the Together Housing Group, talked about how social housing and renewable energy are a natural fit and how housing associations can lead the way to decarbonising our housing stock.

Together Housing’s £2 million pilot project, jointly funded by the housing association and the European Regional Development Fund, has enabled the installation of solar PV (panel) systems in 250 of Together Housing’s homes in Colne and Nelson in Lancashire. On-site battery units fill with solar energy during the day, allowing power to be stored and used whenever needed.

It’s anticipated that tenants will save 60% on their electricity bills, amounting to up to £300 a year per home. Initial results are positive, with £31,878 of direct saving to tenants by the end of June 2020 and total savings projected to hit £63,253 by the end of the year. For social housing tenants on low incomes, these savings can make a real difference to their finances.

Robin Jones said: “Housing associations have a giant part to play in opposing climate change and tackling it effectively. Renewable energy is going to be the future and we need to move towards it as quickly as we can with a positive large-scale approach.”

Together Housing Group is calling for more investment in decarbonisation and retrofitting of homes, and is backing the Homes at the Heart campaign. Led by the National Housing Federation, the campaign is calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing. This week, the campaign is urging the government to put homes at the heart of a greener country.

You can read the interview with Robin Jones in Northern Housing magazine here.