City West sheds light on solar plans
Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Housing
City West Electrician Phil Barnett (left) and Electrical Contract Officer Andy Davies (right) with residents from Astley Court
City West Housing Trust has outlined plans to fit solar panels to more of its homes after completing work on its first ever installation.
Photovoltaic (PV) panels have now been fitted to the roof of Astley Court, Irlam, and are set to reduce electricity costs at the extra care facility as well as significantly lower its carbon footprint.
It is the first time that City West, which owns more than 14,600 homes in West Salford, has fitted the panels but the installation is part of wider plans to introduce more renewable technologies to its properties.
Staff at City West Works, the housing association’s maintenance team, helped fit the panels as part of their work towards the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation which is backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Once it receives the accreditation, City West will have the green light to roll out PV panels at more of its properties – as well as install them for other landlords or private homeowners.
Staff are already trained to fit external and internal wall insulation with City West currently identifying properties that could benefit from improved energy efficiency.
Colette McKune, Director of Asset Management at City West, said: “City West is committed to providing energy efficient properties that are kind to both the environment and the wallets of our customers.
“We’re training our operatives to make sure that we can install the best renewable technologies into our homes and the MCS accreditation is a major part of our plans.
“We have our first PV panels in place at Astley Court and we have exciting plans to install more across our communities in West Salford over the coming years.
“The accreditation will allow us to install our own panels, without paying for external contractors, and will allow us to support other local landlords who are looking to improve the fuel efficiency of their homes.”