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1000s of Manchester social homes to get solar panels

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing

1000s of Manchester social homes to get solar panels 1000s of Manchester social homes to get solar panels

Up to 4,500 social homes in Tameside, Greater Manchester are to be fitted with solar panels to cut carbon emissions.

Housing association New Charter Homes has signed a first-of-its-kind deal worth more than £18m with solar installation partners to fit the technology to suitable homes.

New Charter says the panels will save tenants around £40 million in reduced electricity bills over 25 years - as well saving 112,500 tonnes of carbon.

The renewable technology will work in conjunction with the government’s feed-In tariff (FIT) scheme with households set to significantly cut their electricity bills by between £200 and £400 a year, subject to individual use.

Ian Munro, chief executive of New Charter Group said: “Our tenants will benefit massively from cheaper fuel bills provided by the technology while reducing our carbon footprint considerably.

“We’ve been in talks to fit solar panels to homes for a while now so it’s good to see the work start, we are also looking at the possibilities of rolling out the scheme to our homes in Oldham and Nottingham with partners Aksa Homes and Gedling Homes.

“While this technology will help a large number of our tenants, we know that not all homes will be suitable, so we’re looking at other energy saving possibilities for those homes not suitable for solar panels.”

New Charter has started to contact tenants whose homes qualify for the panels and will continue to get in touch with people over the course of the year-long programme.

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